HARVEST SEASON

THE VALLEY OF VANILLA

TAHA'A, THE SOCIETY ISLANDS

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The Story

A CONVERSATION WITH ILANDA HIOE

VANILLA FARMER ON THE ISLAND OF TAHA'A


Ilanda Hioe is a vanilla farmer on the island of Taha’a in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. She cultivates vanilla on a piece of land that her family has owned and farmed for over one hundred years. The vanilla orchid and its beans grow plentiful on the island with Hioe and her family tending to the vines in a traditional manner, never employing unnatural techniques to hasten the growth or the drying process.

We work with nature.
We love everything that
surrounds us here. We want
a positive relationship with our environment.

ILANDA HIOE, VANILLA FARMER
The Objects

Exclusive Edition 009 TAHITIAN VANILLA


Vanilla was introduced to The Society Islands in the early Twentieth Century. The island of Taha'a proved to have the best conditions for growing the orchid plant which has led to the island being referred to as the Vanilla Isle. The Valley of Vanilla follows traditional techniques of open air cultivation and hand pollination to product the highest quality vanilla for culinary purposes.

Details

These vanilla beans were farmed on the Vanilla Isle of Taha’a where nearly eighty percent of Tahitian vanilla is produced. This organic vanilla, of the highest culinary quality, was grown in the open air and allowed to naturally dry under the South Pacific sun. Each vial contains two beans harvested in late 2016 in a numbered edition of fifty.

Travel Notes

TAHA'A, THE SOCIETY ISLANDS


Taha’a, known as the Vanilla isle, is a small island in the Society Islands chain of French Polynesia. Accessible only by boat from nearby Raiatea, it sways to the rhythms of the laid-back Tahitian lifestyle with one of the most desirable of all the island resorts just off-shore.