In North America, the most common use of vanilla flavoring is for ice cream, and many people consider vanilla to be the ‘default’ flavor.
Like with cherry trees and Washington, it seems some stretching of the truth applied to Thomas Jefferson. Our third president’s love of vanilla ice cream, most likely discovered during his time in France, lead to a belief that he brought the recipe to the United States. However, evidence exists supporting colonists made ice cream before Jefferson’s recipe surfaced.
By the time he was elected President, Jefferson’s fondness for the frozen dessert had become evident. According to Monticello.org, visitors reported being served the ice cream several times during his presidency. Jefferson produced a handwritten copy of a vanilla ice cream recipe in the 1780s. The Library of Congress houses the original Jefferson recipe. For more ice cream history, travel to Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota and ask for a scoop of the exact recipe.
Five Food Finds about Vanilla:
• Vanilla is the only edible fruit of the orchid family, the largest family of flowering plants in the world.
• It’s a tropical orchid, and there are more than 150 varieties of vanilla, though only two types – Bourbon and Tahitian — are used commercially.
• Vanilla grows within the 20-degree band either side of the Equator and is native to the Americas.
• The Olmeca people on the Gulf Coast of Mexico were perhaps the first to use vanilla as a flavoring in beverages.
• The Totonaca people of the Gulf coast of Mexico were probably the first people to domesticate vanilla.
HOMEMADE VANILLA ICE CREAM RECIPE (ONLY 3 INGREDIENTS) | NO EGGS | NO ICE CREAM MACHINE
2 cups of whipping or heavy cream 1 cup of condensed milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chill the bowl & the whisk in fridge for 30 min. Add whipping or heavy cream Beat until stiff peaks form Whipped cream will fluff Add condensed milk Add vanilla extract Pour the mixture into a mould Cover the mould with wrapping paper Keep it in fridge for 6 hours or overnight Remove the wrapping paper Now scoop out the ice cream
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