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Mexico's vanilla production is quite limited and isn't exported because of it. Oh, you can get quart bottles of claimed products almost anywhere in the country, but what you will get in almost all cases is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dipteryx_odorata even though the label says otherwise.

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9 hours ago, AngusMactavish said:

Mexico's vanilla production is quite limited and isn't exported because of it. Oh, you can get quart bottles of claimed products almost anywhere in the country, but what you will get in almost all cases is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dipteryx_odorata even though the label says otherwise.

I'm thinking you didn't read the article I wrote (and posted here, upthread) after visiting Papantla, Veracruz for several days and investigating vanilla production.  If you did, just ignore the link.
http://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2017/04/de-vaga-en-veracruz-tierra-jarocha-vacation-wanderings-in-veracruz-part-iv-.html

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The Difference Between Pure and Imitation Vanilla

Cheap Mexican Vanilla- BEWARE!!!
 
Have you ever heard of “cheap Mexican vanilla” by the gallon?  Well, unfortunately, that type of “real” vanilla is very likely made with a toxic ingredient.  Here’s why.  Mexico is the only place on the planet that vanilla was found growing naturally.  Because of this, vanilla became the “flavor of Mexico”.  However, because of political unrest and natural disasters over a few centuries, the vanilla industry moved away from Mexico and across the globe to areas with similar climates.  Because of the vanilla shortages that these events had on Mexico’s agriculture, Mexican vanilla producers began producing imitation vanilla flavorings while labeling them as “real Mexican vanilla”.  And here in lies the danger.  Many of these “cheap Mexican vanillas” are to this day made with an artificial flavoring called coumarin.  Coumarin was outlawed in the United States 70 years ago because it can cause liver and kidney failure in high concentrations but is extremely cheap to manufacture. Because Mexican labeling laws often times don’t have the regulatory controls we do in the US, the bottle may SAY it doesn’t contain coumarin, when likely it does.  So, like the old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is”.
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And how much of this deadly vanilla would one have to consume to actually be toxic?  I have heard of lots of deaths due to use of tobacco products, ditto alcohol but never the dreaded deadly vanilla. I guess I must just live a sheltered life. Thanks for the heads up.

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