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Buckwheat Seeds

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Buckwheat Seeds

Buckwheat, also known as Fagopyrum esculentum, originated in the Czech Republic.

Buckwheat is most commonly used as a grain, cover crop and bee plant. The buckwheat plant is entirely different from other grains and is not a grass. It is a summer annual with rather coarse, branched stems and large, broadly arrow-shaped leaves. Growth habit is indeterminate and the flowers open throughout a long season, so the seed crop does not mature at one time.

Buckwheat contains substances that are beneficial to the cardiovascular system. Buckwheat is also high in amino acids. The flower tops of the Buckwheat plant are used by herbalists in infusions to treat hyper-tension and hardening of the arteries.

Buckwheat contains no gluten and can usually be eaten by people with gluten allergies. Many bread-like preparations have been developed. Buckwheat pancakes, sometimes raised with yeast, are eaten in several countries. They are light and foamy. Similar pancakes were a common food in American pioneer days. The Buckwheat flour gives them an earthy, mildly mushroom-like taste.

The buckwheat plant is an excellent honey source as the blossoms are rich in nectar, and blooming continues into the fall months. Some beekeepers plant buckwheat primarily for such use. Caution: Buckwheat has caused photo-sensitivity in some people. Only the de-husked grain is considered to be safe.

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Additional Details
  • Family: Polygonaceae
  • Genus: Fagopyrum (fag-oh-PY-rum)
  • Species: esculentum (es-kew-LEN-tum)
  • AKA: Fagopyrum esculentum
  • Category: Annuals, Groundcovers
  • Height:24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
  • Spacing3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
  • Germination Time:
  • Sun Exposure:Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Mid Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall
  • Bloom Color: White/Near White
  • Foliage: Herbaceous, Smooth-Textured
  • Soil Requirements: 5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic), 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic), 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline), 7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline), 8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)
  • Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow after last frost
  • Other Details:
  • This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds. Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season.

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