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[FROM THE ARCHIVES] Banking on Red Gold

14 April
๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ ๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ. Itโ€™s an ancient spice that was domesticated during the Bronze Age in Greece and has long been the most expensive agricultural commodity by weight โ€“ currently selling at around R200,000 per kilogramme. Lending a unique and much sought-after taste to cooking and useful in medicines and dye production, saffron is โ€œred goldโ€ and the international demand has never waned. Now, from the vast expanses of the Northern Cape to Gauteng, Carte Blanche meets local farmers who are unfurling the secrets of the exquisite purple flower that produces only three precious strands as theyโ€™re working to set up a local saffron industry for the export market. #CarteBlanche
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