The fermented pod of this climbing orchid is harvested from the Vanilla Vine, an aromatic sweet scents used to flavour cakes, and perfumes. The only insect capable of pollinating the blossom is the Melipona, a bee, native only to Mexico so all plants must be hand pollinated within 12 hours of the flower opening. The pods take nine month to develop.
An attractive large pine tree that bears cones of edible nuts considered a delicacy. Trees can be expected to start producing cones from about year 6. Each cone holds about 50 nuts and 100 kg of cones holds about 20 kg of nuts. Grows best in dry cold areas.
A close relative to the Lychee tree but much larger, stronger and more cold tolerant. The fruit is deliciously sweet. A highly ornamental tree with beautiful green leaves and clusters of yellow flowers that have a wonderful scent.