In case you didn't get enough ice cream on National Vegan Ice Cream Day, here's your chance to fill up on vanilla!
Somehow, "vanilla" has come to mean boring or plain in United States culture. I simply don't understand how this is possible. Vanilla, the flavor, when it's real - and it should always be real - comes from the seed pods of a tropical orchid vine. Each vanilla flower opens and is available for pollination for only one day. If in that day the flower gets pollinated, it will then spend the next eight to nine months developing a pod. It is the only widely eaten orchid in the world. It is as gorgeous as it is delicious. So when you chow down on some vegan vanilla ice cream today, take a moment to reflect on what an exotic treat vanilla really is!