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Tartary Buckwheat

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seeds of Tartary Buckwheat
Tartary Buckwheat close view of seeds on stalk/stem
Tartary Buckwheat view of seeds on stalk/stem
Tartary Buckwheat (Aug 24) beginning to ripen
Tartary Buckwheat closeup of seeds and flowers
Tartary Buckwheat with seed formation
Tartary Buckwheat forming early seeds with blossoms

(Fagopyrum tataricum); aka Green Buckwheat; Kernels have hulls; packet sizes range from 7 grams to 1 pound in pull down menu

Tartary buckwheat is similar to common buckwheat (F. esculentum) but is more frost tolerant. Its seeds are slightly smaller and contain more of the anti-inflammatory compound rutin. Also the hulls grind more easily as they are a bit softer than that of common buckwheat. Interestingly, buckwheat is a pseudocereal, not a true relative of wheat or other cereals since it isn't in the grass family. This multi-use plant deserves a place in your garden. Tea is made by steeping its flowers and the greens (stems and leaves) are delicious in stir-frys or steamed. Seeds, rich in complex carbohydrates, are commonly sprouted. Once the hulls are removed the seeds are roasted for kasha or ground into flour. Buckwheat flour has a myriad of uses - for porridge, flat breads, pancakes, and soba. We grow buckwheat as a weed-smothering barrier crop, harvesting the seeds in the fall as they darkened. Easy to thresh, buckwheat kernals require de-hulling if you want to eat the grains whole.  However, it is easy to make flour, as shown here.  Our favorite pancake recipe is here.

Tartary buckwheat was once used as an ingredient of scratch feeds for poultry. The small, smooth, rounded seed of tartary are better sized for the birds than the larger Japanese buckwheat seeds.

Buckwheat is one of the few plants specially planted for a honey crop.  It is written that 1 acre will yield 150 pounds of honey in the right conditions.  Pollinators LOVE this plant!

Culinary notes: Because Tartary is considered more bitter than Japanese buckwheat,  pancakes and soba noodles are typically made with Japanese Buckwheat.

Here is interesting article about a large scale Tartary Buckwheat operation.

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