BUCKWHEAT Science Page
DID YOU KNOW?
Roasted buckwheat is calledkasha. You can boil kashauntil it is soft, and eat it as acereal or add it to manymain dishes.
Kasha is a basicfood in Russia andEastern Europe.
Buckwheat is native to theHimalayas in southernChina.
The Chinese were growingbuckwheat over a thousand yearsago.
In Greek, this means “many joints.” The stems havemany joints or swellings.There are about 1,000species in this family,which includes manyedible plants.
In Latin, this means “beechwheat.” The fruit looks like thenut from a beech tree.
In Latin, this means “edible.”
THE BUCKWHEAT PLANT
The buckwheat plant growsto about one meter high.
Leaves areshaped liketriangles.
In Japan,noodlescalled “soba” aremade frombuckwheatflour.
Buckwheat contains plenty of protein, B vitamins, andminerals.
Fruits areshaped likelittle pyramids.
In two weeks buckwheat will make adense cover over the soil. I’ll cut itwhen it flowers. It will rot quicklyand add lots of organic matter tothe soil.
Buckwheat is a multipurposecrop. It makes a good covercrop, because it smothersweeds very well. You can feedit to animals. You canroast the fruit tomake kasha, orgrind it tomake flour.
One cup of buckwheat flour has thesame amount of......proteinas 3 hotdogs....calcium as 1/6cup of milk...potassium as 2cups of milk