The vanilla bean is the fruit of vanilla (orchid). The fruits are called vanilla capsules. Vanilla comes from Mexico, where later (after the discovery of the artificial pollination method in 1841, which only the 12-year-old boy Edmond Albius, son of African slaves, deserved), agricultural cultivation spread to other areas. In Mexico, vanilla is grown in the Veracrúz and Yucatán regions, and only in Mexico, the only place in the world to pollinate vanilla flowers in the original and natural way, with bees of the genus Melipona. This makes genuine vanilla unique.