Vanilla and spice next to bloom in Dutch greenhouses

University of Wageningen researcher Filip van Noort and vanilla grower Joris Elstgeest inspect vanilla orchids, part of four years of ground-breaking researchFlowers more exotic than the humble tulip will soon flourish for the first time in Dutch greenhouses after intensive research into growing the capricious vanilla orchid to harvest one of the world’s most expensive spices. In the middle of potato fields in a central Dutch rural town, scientists from Wageningen University have for the past four years been nurturing vanilla orchids. “Based on our information, businesses believe vanilla is a plant with a lot of potential for Dutch greenhouses and have decided to start growing it,” said researcher Filip van Noort.

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