The Vanilla Queens of Papantla, Mexico

PAPANTLA, Mexico – In this Mexican town, some girls dream of a vanilla crown. Papantla decorates his Corpus Christi festival reinasor queens, with the thick brown stems of the vanilla orchid braided, twisted and jeweled into aromatic crowns – a nod to the spice’s place in the city’s history. Centuries ago, the Totonac people used …

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