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Could an Exotic Spice from Iran Help Vt. Farmers?

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In a front page story in the Boston Globe, UVM researchers describe how they have successfully grown saffron, the world’s most expensive spice, in an experimental greenhouse/research station in northern Vermont. The researchers achieved a higher yield than saffron grown in Iran, where 90 percent of the world’s supply originates. Fetching $19 a gram and $100,000 of estimated revenue per acre, the spice could be a significant source of revenue for Vermont farmers. A story was also broadcast on Public Radio International's The World and appeared on the BBC's website. Read the Boston Globe story. Stories on UVM's saffron research also appeared on Public Radio International's The World, Inside Science, PRI's Science Friday, and the national wire of Associated Press.