Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. It doesn’t grow in many countries, but one of them is Greece, where it’s helped to get a number of people through the economic crisis.
The Greek island of Chios is the only place in the world where the multipurpose mastic resin is cultivated. It's used for refining desserts, drugs and cosmetics — and nowadays also for making beer taste (even) better.
Fertile soil and an incredible array of exotic fruit, vegetables and spices made Thailand a land of plenty. But as demand for meat there grows, industrialized farming practices are threatening this tropical paradise.
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