Taha’a, Society Islands, French Polynesia
Hey see that name up there? Yeah, you try and say that on your own and you’ll understand exactly where Greg is coming from in this video.
Aside from having a deceptively difficult name to pronounce in the English language, Taha’a shares a reef with Raiatea and therefore the same volcanic soil.
Which leads us to our next discovery. While here we found yet another major export of this country that didn’t include pearls or tourism. Polynesia is an authority in Tahitian vanilla beans.
With one pod of beans lasting up to 10 years after it has been harvested, several locals recommended we store a bunch of them in a bottle in alcohol to make a decade’s worth of vanilla extract. Every time the bottle gets low you just add more alcohol. There’s something about 9 year old “fresh” alcoholic vanilla extract that doesn’t quite excite us.