Evidence suggests buckwheat was being cultivated as long ago as 6000 BC in South-east Asia. From there it's use spread to the Middle East and Europe. It was one of the earliest crops introduced by Europeans to North America.
Preparation for the Buckwheat Field begins in the Autumn. Landscape fabric is used to keep the weeds down.
Buckwheat is a good source of fibre and has a low GI. Its properties improve the blood-sugar balance.
It’s a rich source of rutin, an antioxidant with a number of benefits related to the heart.
Buckwheat can be used as a staple food, it can be roasted and brewed as a tea.
It is an excellent green manure, increasing organic matter and nutrients in the soil.
It is known as the phosphorous pump, one of the most important nutrients needed by plants, along with calcium.
Attractive to hoverflies and other beneficial insects. Buckwheat is fast growing therefore can help suppress weeds.
The Buckwheat Field will contribute toward preparing the land for the next years Macrobiotic Garden.