Hawaiian Vanilla, a labor of affection on Hawaii Island


As soon as I take into accounts the utterly totally different experiences I favor to have as soon as I journey, my ideas usually wanders over to meals. I affiliate places with the meals I’ve had there. I can fondly recall the spiciest curries from Thailand, a birthday dinner in Bali, and a really sudden lunch in Cairo. So in returning to the Giant Island of Hawaii (Hawaii Island) I knew I wanted to find a singular culinary journey. And to search out this I acknowledged ALOHA to some extraordinarily inspiring people who’ve carried out the inconceivable: farm vanilla in Hawaii.

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 -Above is Jim Reddekopp, Head Bean on the Vanilla Farm-

Cooking is doubtless some of the very important actions I do every day, notably baking. I am a sucker for vanilla, so as soon as I heard of this Vanilla Farm I knew I wanted to go and see what it was all about. Enter Jim & Tracy Reddekopp, a pair with an enormous dream once more throughout the late 80’s-early 90’s to assemble a sustainable vanilla farm in Hawaii. All these years later, they’ve gone on to provide a creative combination of merchandise straight from their farm on the Hamakua coast of the Giant Island. I drove over to the farm to participate throughout the Vanilla Luncheon experience and I was blown away by merely how so much effort it has taken to create the first commercially grown vanilla throughout the US.

Listed below are some photos of my meals experience so that you just see how creative the Redekkopp family can get cooking with vanilla! 

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Jim and his family, who all work throughout the kitchen and on the farm, had been busy preparing our meal so I sipped on a freshly prepared Vanilla Arnold Palmer-a combination of ice tea and lemonade whereas I watched Jim make our first course with a dwell cooking demonstration!

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For starters, we had a evenly toasted baguette w/vanilla pineapple chutney & garam marsala shrimp. I don’t even often like shrimp nonetheless the scent of vanilla was unbelievable, the entire spices used creatively to make this delicious amuse bouche truly pop in my mouth.

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The second course description was a delicious mouthful:

Vanilla citrus marinated rooster served on do-it-yourself vanilla sweet bread w/ vanilla caramelized onions and our Vanilla Mango Chutney aioli sauce, an pure inexperienced salad topped with our Vanilla Honey Peppered Pecans, feta cheese, and handmade Vanilla Raspberry Balsamic vinaigrette w/a aspect of our Means South West seasoned potatoes and our Vanilla BBQ sauce for dipping.

Can I get an AMEN! I appeared spherical to see if I would eat some leftovers off the other customer’s plates. I’m kidding. However it was that good.

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Dessert was Hawaiian Vanilla Bean ice cream topped with Lilikoi Curd. Do you ever go incorrect consuming this? Vanilla & Lilikoi (Passionfruit).


Afterwards, we headed over to the farm to get a lesson on straightforward strategies to pollinate & produce vanilla. An unbelievable labor of affection for this family who’s so passionate about what they’re doing.

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I spent a really very long time attempting over the entire delicious decisions once more throughout the Vanilla retailer similar to Vanilla espresso, salad dressings and marinades, lip balms (made in dwelling) and soaps. You can purchase the whole objects by means of their web page nonetheless I picked up only a few treats since I was already there, it was the issue to do correct?

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Normal, this experience was thought of one in all my favorites on Hawaii Island, merely accessible by automotive and offering large pretty priced excursions. For those who occur to’re looking out for one factor specific to do whereas visiting the Giant Island, carry your full family proper right down to the Hawaiian Vanilla Farm. I am already attempting forward to visiting in April as soon as they pollinate the vanilla! 


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