About this grain:
Despite its name, buckwheat is not a wheat at all, but rather is a fruit related to rhubarb and sorel. It is a wonderful smother crop which suppresses weeds and provides a good source of organic matter to the soils when it is plowed under before maturity. When left until maturity, it produces buckwheat grouts. These can be milled into buckwheat flour, and the husks re-cleaned and used for pillow stuffing and organic garden mulch.
The tiny white flowers require pollination for the seed to mature. This work is performed by the pollinators, including honey bees. There's nothing quite like walking into a field of flowering buckwheat and hearing the quiet hum of pollinators at work.
What to make with it: Porridge, stews, salads
Grown: Sourced from a certified organic co-op in North Okanagan-Shuswap, BC.