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Heilala Vanilla

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Heilala Vanilla began as an aid project to assist a village in one of the most beautiful and remote places on the globe, Vava'u Islands, Kingdom of Tonga.

Heilala Vanilla began as an aid project to assist a village in one of the most beautiful and remote places on the globe, Vava'u Islands, Kingdom of Tonga. There our family fell in love with the people and the environment, and using our horticultural background and research facilities in Tauranga New Zealand we established a Vanilla Plantation. A partnership of people, united by our passion for the worlds most sensual and exotic flavour and aroma. We practice organic growing principles in the most perfect and natural growing environment. Our Vanilla is grown in organic virgin soil, on coconut husk frames, hand pollinated and dried under the Pacific Sun, then stored at optimum conditions to ensure full flavour to develop. Our practice of true sustainability with the local village has enabled resources for education and infrastructure, which they otherwise may not have had, and is recognised by the local Agriculture Ministry as a true example of a Pacific partnership in practice. The result is the richest grade of Vanilla in the Asia Pacific region. A distinctive aroma, shine and plumpness. Heilala Vanilla is then packaged for each order; our Pure Extract and Vanilla Paste are manufactured, and dispatched to Executive Chefs, gourmet food manufacturers and a selection of specialty retail outlets. A partnership of two Pacific families, everyday celebrating and honouring Pure Vanilla!
 
 

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