Plain Talk about Vanilla Beans

Jamie) We’re back for another Plain Talk with Kyle and Duane.
(Kyle) Hi, this is Kyle Bauer with Plain Talk with Duane Toews. (Duane) Kyle Bauer, your fact or fiction question of the day: The state insect of Pennsylvania is the firefly. Fact or fiction? (Kyle) No, that is fiction because they don’t allow fireflies in Pennsylvania. (Duane) [chuckles] It’s true. (Kyle) Really? (Duane) State insect of Pennsylvania is the firefly. The firefly is the precursor to turning all young people into serial killers. (Kyle) Why say that? Because they all put them in the little jar and make them die. [crosstalk] (Duane) Like tear them apart and put the little glowy part on their fingers like a ring. Did you never do that? (Kyle) I’m not admitting that on television, I guarantee, or radio [laughs] (Duane) Every kid I knew separated the glowy part from the rest of the insect. (Kyle) Did you have to separate it while it was glowing or when you separated it didn’t become– (Duane) Yes. (Kyle) When it was glowing, then you could pinch it off- (Duane) You could pinch it off. (Kyle) -and make yourself a glowing ring. (Duane) Like a diamond ring. (Kyle) Wow. (Duane) We didn’t have a lot of money when I was a kid. (Kyle) That’s pretty nasty. I bet that’s in your permanent record. (Duane) It could be. Speaking of which, I’d like to go back and look at my permanent record. (Kyle) You don’t have that much time to read all that. (Duane) My high school permanent record. I would like to read that. (Kyle) I talked to my wife about that, and she doesn’t think they hang around that long. (Duane) Oh really? Do they shred them? (Kyle) At some point, so many years after their statute of limitation– (Duane) Has already passed and so- (Kyle) That’s what I got from her, whether she knew what she was talking about or not. (Duane) Kind of disappointed though. I really would like to go back and see what they- [crosstalk] (Kyle) See what those teachers wrote about you. (Duane) See what they said. (Kyle) Yes. I think its a little bit like, you’re straightening up, you’re now absconding your permanent record, a little bit like having your name on the board. Oh gosh, don’t put my name on the board. (Duane) It’s on the board. What am I going to do now? (Kyle) Do you like vanilla ice cream? (Duane) I can tolerate it. I’m not a big ice cream eater period. (Kyle) I will tell you vanilla ice cream is going up. Buy your vanilla ice cream now. Everybody out there, get out there. (Duane) Why? (Kyle) Because there’s a terrible shortage of it. There are basically three places in the world that it comes from. Madagascar is the biggest producer, and I’ll find the other sooner or later. (Duane) Madagascar is an ice cream producer? (Kyle) Yes, and Mexico. No, no, vanilla. Did I say ice cream? (Duane) You said ice cream. (Kyle) Vanilla, vanilla. Madagascar, Mexico and Tahiti. (Duane) Now it’s a bit more clear. (Kyle) All right. It’s the vanilla part not the ice cream but that’s where most of the vanilla is used, in ice cream. [crosstalk] (Duane) In ice cream. (Kyle) And usually one of the cheaper ice creams you can get is? (Duane) Vanilla. (Kyle) Exactly, but that’s all going to go by the wayside. Did you know it was hand pollinated? (Duane) No. (Kyle) That it opens for less than a day and it has to be pollinated during that day, and it all has to be – [crosstalk] (Duane) The vanilla bean? (Kyle) They bloom, and then the bean grows. (Duane) The bean grows from the bloom. (Kyle) Yes. The high value crop also has been a target for criminals, and because it’s gotten so valuable, the farmers are harvesting it early so it doesn’t get stolen and it’s not a strong vanilla flavor so therefore the amount of vanilla you have to put in goes up. So it’s a spiral up or a spiral down. (Duane) So, there will be more bootlegging of vanilla out of Mexico into the US? Is that the case? (Kyle) I think that’s what all those smugglers are doing. They’re bringing vanilla. (Duane) Vanilla, possibly.
(Jamie) Thanks for joining us today. I’m your host Jamie Bloom and I hope you enjoyed the show. See you next week on Farm Factor – we’re here every Tuesday on AGam in Kansas.

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