Heilala Vanilla Pure Vanilla Paste
The multi-award winning Heilala Vanilla Paste combines pure vanilla extract with vanilla seeds. To showcase the seeds, we recommend using it in light-colored desserts such as custards, ice cream, shortbread, crème brulee, and whipped cream.
Heilala Vanilla began as an aid project in 2002 after a cyclone ravaged the Kingdom of Tonga. A New Zealand family partnered with a family in the village of Utungake to establish a small plantation, growing, hand-pollinating, sustainably harvesting, curing, and drying Heilala Vanilla orchids under the tropical sun. As the business grows, Heilala is providing employment and infrastructure across a number of communities in Tonga, making a significant impact on the economy, especially among its female employees.