And here is the only fruit I've ever seen of the vanilla orchid. It's about the size of a ballpoint pen and it takes months to reach maturity, turning yellow towards the end of this process. I'm told that the curing process of the bean is very complicated, which may explain why most vanilla extract is artificial today. There are also other vegetable substitutes for vanilla extract. I'm waiting anxiously for another flower exhibition. In the meanwhile, I've placed one more plant on the back porch of the museum.