Spices and Where They Come From

by Beccie
(Jonesville, NC)

Hi Grandma,
Gee it's been so long. Elaine and I have been having a discussion and we can't come up with the answers. Soo, who do we ask, GRANDMA. What kind of plants or trees or bushes or what do cinnamon and vanilla come from. We know we can get cinnamon sticks and wonder what exactly they are and how they are made. We know vanilla is a bean, but what makes that bean. We know that you know, so if you can tell us we'll know.
We hope you and your family are well.
Sincerely, Beccie

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Aug 29, 2009
by: Beccie

Hi Grandma,
I am so sorry to hear about your son. It's really hard when someone we love hurts. I will keep him in prayer. Did he have opertions to set bones? Is he out of the woods and as ok as he can be at this point. We also had a hard time recently. We had to put down our 13 year old little girl, Shadow Lane. It's hard sometimes to just get up in the morning.
Anyway, I knew you would know and you did!!! Thank you so much for being there. I have one more question, what do you think of the Bradfor Pear tree. I've read some negative things on a tree that I so admired this winter from afar. If you just want to talk, you have my e-mail. I have a big ear. Love Beccie

Aug 28, 2009
Cinnamon & Vanilla
by: Grandma

Hi Beccie,

I'm sorry it took so long for me to publish your question, I had a family emergency this week and just now trying to get caught up. My oldest son wrecked his motorcycle and has two compound fracture in his leg, broke all his toes and broke his wrist in two places. Needless to say, I've spent this week at the hospital. He was operated on yesterday after laying in severe pain for two days.

Cinnamon actually comes from a type of evergreen tree, they use the inner bark to make the cinnamon, it's a long drawn out process and has to be done just right.

Vanilla beans are plants, like bean plants. The beans grown inside long pods, although they don't smell or taste like vanilla until they go through another long process. It's best to leave growing most spices up to the experts.

Sorry this has to be a quick answer but I'm off to spend the rest of this day at the hospital.

Take care,


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