Wheat ( English), Gehu ( Hindi), Triticum aestivum ( Scientific name) refers to to Cultivated grass known to man for over 10,000 years.
The Spikes of this grass give us our Daily bread , Pasta or Rotis across the world.
Modern Iran , or Persia as it was known as in former times, is supposedly the Origin of Bread Wheat.
The pictures that follow were taken across Northern India and stretch over 4 months.
India is the second largest producer of Wheat in the World and by and large self sufficient in this extremely Important Winter Crop.
The Green Fields gradually change colour with rising temperatures and the advent of Spring.
Local languages are extremely Illustrative, Wheat is called Kanak in the region of Punjab in India and has its roots in Sanskrit. It is a Pun on the word Gold.
Evolution of Golden Ears of Wheat is evident from the picture that follows.
By the end of March and the advent of April , Yellow Fields of Mustard yield giving way to Golden Wheat Fields. A sight to behold and Savour.
The following picture was taken from a Train in Rajasthan.
Ladybirds ( friends can you spot the dots) cling to the Spikes formed by the Kernels as the Wheat Ears turn to Gold and thus called Kanak.
This scene of Harvesting will be replicated across North India welcoming the Onset of Summer and celebrated during a lovely festival called Baisakhi on the 13th of April.
This picture was taken in Late March through the Window of a Train.
Do have a closer look at your Bread, Pasta or Chapati ( Roti) and be Enchanted.