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Indonesia Production

The connection with Indonesia

The archipelago of Indonesia consists of 5 main islands and more than 13.000 smaller islands with an uncommon landform. Indonesia is well-known for its rice cultivation terraces in Ubud, many sugarcane crops and coffee What is not so well-known, is that the Republic of Indonesia is the world’s second largest vanilla producer. Located exactly under the equator, between Asia and Australia, Indonesia has a tropical climate. It has an average temperature above 25° C, high humidity, low winds and monsoonal rainfalls that allows for many different kinds of plantations. As vanilla can only grow in countries that are at least 1000m above sea level, Indonesia is an ideal place for it to grow thanks to its diversified topography. Originally grown in South Java and Bali, vanilla bean cultivation has spread to many other regions of the archipelago, like Sulawesi, Sumatra, Lombok and Flores. This expansion of the vanilla growing region ensures a stable supply of vanilla.

At De Monchy Natural Products we work together closely with many different local players in the entire supply chain making sure that our products are produces in a fair way and of the highest quality. 

Most of the vanilla found in Indonesia is of the Planifolia variety. They exhibit the typical Planifolia traits of being oily, sweet and pungent, but due to the specific climate, soil composition and the curing practices used in Indonesia, they also have a  unique smokiness together with earthy undertones. Their flavor works very well in rich desserts, chocolates and caramels. It also adds a surprising dimension to savory dishes.

The Planifolia vanilla from Indonesia tends to be slightly less pliable than those from other origins and holds up well in heat applications. The other variety found in Indonesia is called Vanilla Tahitensis. Vanilla beans from the Tahitensis variety in general is shorter and more plump than Planifolia. The flavor profile of Tahitensis is also very different. Its aroma is flowery, fruity with a smooth anisic flavor. It often gets described as smelling like cherries, wine or licorice. Gourmet chefs often choose to work with Tahitensis beans as they are perfect for so many applications.

The vanilla from Indonesia

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