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Money grows on trees in China's walnut farms

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 05:50
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The bigger the walnut, the better the price but pairs with the most symmetrical pits and ridges have the highest value.

Laishui, China

GRINNING with pride, a Chinese farmer held out two precious walnuts - globes so precisely symmetrical that consumers in search of hand massages value them more highly than gold.

"Prices have skyrocketed," said Li Zhanhua, standing in the shade of the leafy green