The wonderful papantla vanilla in Mexico.

This vanilla and its derivative products are of exceptional quality, and to our great joy, they are part of the selection recommended by Philippe Mollé.


Vanillas from Mexico are the only ones in the world that don't need to be pollinated manually. A species of bee, the melipona, as well as a single species of hummingbird endemic to Mexico take on this task. Almost all types of vanilla traded in the world are derived from this original vanilla. 

The result is an authentic vanilla flavor just as the Totomans tasted them millennia ago. A powerful vanillin note in a bouquet of dark chocolate and nutmeg. When the vanilla is refined, it also develops notes of small red fruits.

This exceptional vanilla, which we call the "Colibri" is recognizable among all by its oily and fleshy appearance. It is also generally longer than vanilla of the bourbon or tahitensis type. They are offered to you now and without intermediaries, by a Totomaque family from Papantla, the family of Rodolfo Arellano Castillo.

Meet Rodolfo, Susana and little Alexander Arellano Castillo in St-Hyacinthe.

Rodolfo and Suzana are both Engineers who work and live in Quebec, in St-Hyacinthe. All of Rodolfo's family are originally from Papantla and still live there. His father is an agronomist and developed his vanilla plantation over thirty years ago. His family is tightly knit and keeps close contact with Rodolfo, their son who now lives in Quebec. It is moreover for the pleasure of maintaining this close bond with his family that he works to promote the vanilla of Papantla with Colibri Vanille. And even if he is an engineer, since he was little he has cherished the dream of taking over his father's business.

How not to dream in front of such strong and vigorous vanilla? No planifolia developed in the world is happier than in its original cradle.
Proud Totomaque de Papantla, he shares with us here the story of the vanilla told by the ancients, that of his nation, and the culture it generated. Everywhere, in all historical, cultural and religious aspects, from ancient times to contemporary Papantla, vanilla always occupies a place of choice in the life of any inhabitant of the region.

The ancient legend of vanilla

La antigua leyenda de cómo nació la vainilla


Here, for those who also want to know more, the history of the marketing of vanilla by Totomaques in Mexico. A story that is rarely told in the world of vanilla, dominated by the French gaze and its colonies.