This salt is made with genuine Tahitian Vanilla Beans mixed with a delicate hand-harvested sea salt. Tahitian vanilla is the name for vanilla from French Polynesia, made with the V. tahitiensis strain. Genetic analysis shows this species is possibly a cultivar from a hybrid-cross of V. planifolia and V. odorata. Vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron, because growing the vanilla seed pods is labor-intensive. Despite the expense, vanilla is highly valued for its flavor and is widely used in both commercial and domestic baking, perfume manufacture and aromatherapy. The combination of sea salt and vanilla bean accentuates sweet desserts and is also used as a drink rimmer, on fresh fruit, salads, pasta, finishing.