Sweet spice: Vanilla from Tonga
On 31 December 2001 the island of Vava’u in Tonga was struck by Cyclone Waka. In winds of 190 km per hour, tree trunks snapped, houses were reduced to matchsticks, and crops destroyed. From that destruction however grew something sweet. Theresa Sjöquist tells the story of Heilala Vanilla. The content below is available with a print or online reader subscription The following content is accessible for members only, please sign in.