Fiji “Colo” Vanilla Extract

homemade ice cream with Fiji vanilla

In the last post, I gave a recipe for how to make ice cream at home without a machine.

We’ve been using a vanilla extract product called “Fiji Colo,” which is made from organic vanilla beans cured with Absolut vodka. It’s made by rural farmers here in Fiji, who are organized under the Rise Beyond the Reef organization. Rise Beyond the Reef is helping Fijian farmers make an income from sustainable, high-value crops.

We picked up a bottle of “Fiji Colo” vanilla extract from the Projects Collective store at the Beachouse resort on the Coral Coast. The store sells local artisan goods, and we’ve bought beer and coffee there before. It’s a fun, well-decorated shop that you should check out if you’re ever in the neighborhood.