Vanilla tahitensis, also known as Tahitian vanilla, is a species of vanilla orchid that is native to Tahiti and other islands in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. It is one of three main species of vanilla, along with Vanilla planifolia (also known as Bourbon vanilla or Mexican vanilla) and Vanilla pompona (also known as West Indian vanilla).
Tahitian vanilla is known for its fruity and floral aroma, which is often described as being similar to cherry, licorice, or anise. It is considered to be less sweet and more pungent than other varieties of vanilla, with a more complex flavor profile. The beans of Vanilla tahitensis are also typically longer and thinner than those of other vanilla species.
Tahitian vanilla is used in a variety of applications, including baking, perfumery, and aromatherapy. It is also used to flavor a range of products, including ice cream, chocolate, and liqueurs. Due to the unique flavor profile and limited availability of Tahitian vanilla, it is often considered a specialty ingredient and is generally more expensive than other varieties of vanilla.