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    The Precious Exotic Spice That Could Be Growing Near You

    They’re just mad about saffron. Almost exclusively grown in hot, dry locales like Iran and Afghanistan, the ancient seasoning that turns everything indelible yellow is gaining ground elsewhere. Thanks to its supermarket value of $2,700 per pound, some 100 saffron farms have taken root in the U.S., while New Zealand’s betting its cultivation could help the country cope with climate change. The only major problem growers may face could be meeting demand — especially if research showing the spice could treat Alzheimer’s is proven to be true.

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