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Vanilla neither plain nor simple

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ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2005
Associated Press / 2005 Jim Reddekopp, owner of Hawaiian Vanilla Company, and his son Isaac sort out green vanilla pods at their Paauilo farm on Hawaii island. Mature, cured pods are shown below.
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JIM REDDEKOPP OWNER OF HAWAIIAN VANILLA COMPANY
Jim Reddekopp owner of Hawaiian Vanilla Company checks blanched vanilla beans to see if they are dried. The key to drying is to keep the beans pliable. (AP Photo Tim Wright)