Vanilla is traditionally grown in the wild climbing larger host trees. By replicating this environment with a purpose built shade house and coconut husk frames we can ensure optimum conditions for the vanilla plants. Our shade house development was the first of its kind in Tonga and acknowledged by MAF as a significant step forward for the local vanilla industry.
Following the establishment of the Heilala Vanilla plantation in Vava’u and the growth of the “Heilala" brand we have partnered with growers throughout Tonga all proudly growing Bourbon Vanilla beans.
We have recently partnered with a new group of vanilla growers in Madagascar to ensure continuity of supply and more importantly financial security for our group of Tongan growers. This additional supply of vanilla beans has been selected as they match the flavour profile of the Tongan beans and will only be used when required in our Vanilla Extracts.
Recently our Vanilla Guru, John Ross, visited the Cook Islands to provide input on their developing Vanilla Industry. John brought back a small amount of the Cook Islands Tahitian Vanilla variety which we plan to have available on our website in the very near future for those vanilla connoisseurs that request another Vanilla variety from the Pacific.