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HILLS OF GOLD
ALUCRATIVE new industry may be on
the horizon for the Adelaide Hills, with
the first trials of saffron production near
Mount Barker a success.
The world's most expensive spice,
saffron is worth more than gold by
weight, selling for up to $140,000 a
Nicky Noonan (pictured) -- who with her
husband Terry was the first to acclimatise
the crop to Australia on their southern
Tasmania property -- says growers in the
area have successfully harvested saffron
"We were surprised, we didn't think SA
would have the right conditions," she said.
"The problem is that it has to cool down
enough in autumn, and Mount Barker and
surrounds is probably the only part of the
state that is suitable."
The world market for saffron exceeds
200 tonnes per annum; the total market
value is estimated at $1 billion.
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