Last week we discovered an unexpected–and delightful–part of the Umbrian landscape in the summertime: sunflowers. Fields and fields, thousands and thousands of sunflowers. What could be more pleasant?
The flowers are more than just a lovely ornament in an already picturesque setting. They’ve got work to do. According to one source, the European Union offers “generous subsidies” for oil producing sunflowers. This is apparently an effort to even out the amount of milk and wine cultivation–two other products associated with subsidies.
Plus, they’re pretty.