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It’s a first: UF scientists find ethyl vanillin in a UF/IFAS-bred strawberry

Brad BuckNovember 14th, 2023University of Florida scientists have found ethyl vanillin — an aroma compound in many artificial vanilla-flavored food products — in a UF/IFAS-bred strawberry. This is a key finding for the food and beverage industry and for the UF/IFAS strawberry breeding program. Vanilla beans contain the character-impact compound vanillin, which imparts vanilla flavor. Ethyl vanillin provides […]

UF/IFAS research: On the verge of developing a domestic industry for one of the world’s most valuable spices

Lourdes MederosAugust 24th, 2023Vanilla takes the crown as the second most valuable spice (after saffron) and the world’s most popular flavor among consumers. Now, University of Florida researchers in Homestead are on the verge of developing a domestic vanilla industry, poised to transform agriculture in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for interested small growers and investors. Thanks […]

Florida-centered Valentines Day ideas

Susan GildersleeveFebruary 3rd, 2023Are you bored with the usual tired Valentine’s options like boxed bonbons and odorless hothouse flowers? This year seek out some unique, Florida-centric Valentines fun! For an extravagant, supremely romantic (yet not too expensive) gift, you could get your sweetheart a vanilla vine. Vanilla is just now being grown in Florida. Like love and friendship, […]

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