The middle of July may just be the best time to visit Moldova because the fields and fields of sunflowers are in full bloom all over the country. A lot of people grown sunflowers to make sunflower oil, and it makes for a nice rotation crop with corn. It’s easy, hassle-free, and cheap. You can get a pack of sunflower seeds here for 2 lei (17 cents). You can get a liter of sunflower oil at the market for about 20 lei ($1.70). They also make halva, which is basically a block of crushed up sunflower seeds with sugar. I don’t like any of those things, but I do love sunflowers, so it’s one of my favorite times of the year in Moldova.

The sunflowers quickly dry up. The picture below was taken in the middle of August.

And a month later, the middle of September, it’s time for the harvest. This is what approximately one hectare (1 square kilometer) of sunflowers gives you.