Tongan vanilla beans are often described as "bold and pronounced". They have fruity tones and are one of the most sought-after vanilla beans in the world. They enhance desserts with fruity tones or focuses, in addition to offering unique sweetness to breads and creams. Pies, danishes, fruit tarts, etc. are all improved with Tongan vanilla beans.
Only a decade ago, nearly all of the vanilla plantations in Tonga laid dormant. But thanks to efforts within the Vava'u region, 95% of the once-dormant vanilla plantations are now cultivating vanilla beans.
Tonga now has more than 300 vanilla farmers and 1400 local residents that work within the Tongan vanilla bean industry.