Farming with Nature
Vanilla loves to grow in a rainforest environment shaded and protected by the canopy, with ample moisture and lots of leaf litter. We’ve tried to recreate that in our plantation.
We pay particular attention to the soil by creating a mini ecosystem that cycles nutrients naturally, builds carbon and feeds the plants gradually, according to their seasonal need.
At Broken Nose Vanilla we nurture the environment to take care of our precious vanilla – no synthetic fertilisers, no pesticides, and plenty of care for the soil to feed the vanilla vines.
Our vines flourish in the natural rainfall and diverse ecosystem.
Vanilla is hand pollinated during the annual flowering season.
The green pods are selected individually for harvest nine months later and cured over several weeks of sun heating and night-time resting. They are transformed into the familiar brown, oily, supple vanilla pods with superb quality and world-class flavour.
Timing, patience and judgement are key.
Vanilla beans are the world’s second most expensive spice after saffron.
Meet Fiona and Matt. Fiona’s background in horticulture and environmental management suits growing vanilla perfectly. Matt is a professor who has fallen in love with the land. Together, their vanilla enterprise has gone from strength to strength, gaining recognition across Australia.
After a particularly cold, winter weekend spent poaching pears in vanilla and baking vanilla meringues, Fiona struck on the idea of growing vanilla. She and Matt had been considering a change of pace and a move back to Australia – it all seemed to fall into place. So began several years of research into how and where to grow vanilla in Australia.
In 2006, one week before cyclone Larry hit them square on the nose, Fiona and Matt purchased their five-hectare property in a lush valley one hour south of Cairns under Queensland’s highest peak, Mt Bartle Frere, and its offshoot, Broken Nose. This was to become Broken Nose Vanilla.
Check out our mouthwatering vanilla recipes
Aromatic Vanilla Caviar
“We aim to produce Australia’s consistently best quality vanilla and vanilla products.”
Matt and Fiona