Posted by: brigid benson | March 11, 2016

Fields of gold

Growing the national flower for drug use in Wales

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There’s gold on them there hills! Daffs ahead!

Take the A55 coast road in north Wales in springtime and you will be treated to splashes of gold across the countryside where farmers are cultivating daffodils, the national flower.

Curiously much of the crop is destined not for flower vases but rather the drug industry because daffodils contain a compound known as galatamine, which slows down the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the Government Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA ) ten tons of daffodils are required to produce one kilogram of the drug.

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A blast of springtime colour therapy!

 

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Imagine what Wordsworth would have made of this!


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