Buckwheat is good for bees:
- Buckwheat produces flowers for over a month providing a reliable source of nectar for bees.
- Honey produced by bees foraging on buckwheat is dark and rich
- Bees are very sensitive to chemicals in their environment; Buckwheat doesn't have any pests or diseases and easy to grow so there is no need for fertilizers or pesticides.
- Other great bee plants include cosmos, zinnia, bee balm, coreopsis, lavendar, black eyed susan and red hot poker.
Buckwheat is good for gardens:
- Buckwheat flowers as early as 3-weeks after planting and continues blooming for another 5 to 8 weeks.
- It is very fast-growing so is ideal for short seasons.
- It grows fast so weeds aren't a problem.
- It can survive on very little water (even an overnight dew can be enough to revive wilted plants after a hot day).
- It is free from any major pest and disease problems.
- It is easy to grow, grows even in poor soil, and tolerates acidic soil.
- It actually improves your soil by making the nutrient phosphorus more available.
- Seeds can be saved until next year (each plant produces 10 seeds or more) and then replanted and shared with friends!
Buckwheat is good for humans:
- As a food, the uses for Buckwheat are almost endless - from being an alternative in rice puddings, pancakes and porridge, to noodles, breads and even beer!
- Virtually all parts of the plant are edible - It is completely Gluten-free.
- It is high in two things that are not readily obtained from cereals.
- high quality protein (almost equal to that of eggs and milk in digestibility) and all eight of the essential amino acids, including Lysine, Methionine and Tryptophan.