Hand Pollination

Each vanilla orchid flower only opens for one day and must
be manually pollinated in that brief 24-hour window. Skilled Ugandan vanilla farmers use fine-tipped bamboo sticks to delicately transfer pollen from the another to the stigma, flower by flower, relying on sheer focus and care to stimulate fruit production. This painstaking hand-pollination process is critical for yielding high value vanilla beans.

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