The New York Times reports on how China has banned all mention and selling of jasmine, for fear of revolution. (Even poetry about jasmine has been banned.) Rural jasmine growers, unaware of the controversy, are left with falling prices on their unsold plants.
The bewitching fragrance of jasmine vines is a difficult-to-bottle scent. Capturing jasmine's essence is considered a superlative feat of aromatic alchemy, which is why jasmine is an ingredient in some of the world's most expensive perfumes.