A sunflowers field in Alentejo - Portugal.
The endless plains covered with fields of sunflowers, olive groves and cork oak forests, the coast full of pristine beaches and small villages slumbering in time to give a very special fascination, Alentejo. Its cities contain old Roman and Moorish memories, and alcandoradas villages on the slopes by the sea offer superb panoramic over the mouth of small rivers. The Alentejo cuisine delicious certifies the inventiveness of its people, and the heady wines embody the warm character of the region.
The sunflower is native to North America where it was traditionally cultivated by the Indians for food. Arrived in Europe in the mid-sixteenth century, initially cultivated as an ornamental plant. The oil sunflower seed began to be consumed in Europe in the eighteenth century.
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