Louisa adopts Buckwheat

Roasted Buckwheat groats

Why did you want to adopt Buckwheat?

 

I first got interested in buckwheat when I discovered it is NOT WHEAT!  An agricultural student I knew was growing it in his little garden plot, and he told me all about its tetragonal seeds.  When I next saw buckwheat groats in a shop, I bought them, brought them home and roasted them, and they were delicious.

 

So that's how it got onto my radar.  Later on, during my own studies in agriculture, I found out that buckwheat has a few very nifty tricks up its sleeve which are helpful to farmers:

 

  • Its roots are able to unlock soil phosphate, which it makes available to other plants either as a companion crop or when cut and mulched. 
  • It is really excellent at suppressing weeds and can help farmers achieve a great seed bed as part of a herbicide-free rotation. 
  • It is pretty and beautiful with fragrant flowers which bees and other pollinators adore.  And so do I. And so would you if you saw them I expect.

 

What do you want to know more about? 

 

The medicinal applications.  I'm sure there's lots going on here.  We're growing buckwheat this year, on the farm where I work, so it will be nice to investigate it and see what it looks like in its various developmental phases.

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