White flowers of soba buckwheat bloom throughout fields mid-to-late September
at Kasa Mountain, Sakurai City, about one and a half hours drive from my home.
Cool places at high altitude and arid soil is perfect for growing buckwheat.
Kasa relatively located in south, People of Kasa have cultivated buckwheat by sowing late in season
so that flowers bloom in cooler weather.
As they grow and ripen rapidly, the seeds sown in late August bloom in mid-September.
The flowers turn into grain-like-seeds, which are ground into flour early November.
They maintain good health of capillaries and blood vessels, keep our body resistant to infection,
and prevent oxidation of vitamin C inside our body.
They are mainly eaten as "soba" noodle and used for crepes, pancakes, or cookies as well.
The gluten-free buckwheat is substitute for those who have allergy to wheat flour.
Mass of white flowers and heart-shaped leaves were swaying in cool, crisp breeze -
isn't it picture-perfect?