Buckwheat, also known as common buckwheat, Japanese buckwheat and silverhull buckwheat, is a plant cultivated for its grain-like seeds and as a cover crop.

Are You Eating Buckwheat?

Buckwheat may be one of the healthiest foods you’re not eating. Along with having numerous health benefits, it is tasty, easy to prepare and inexpensive. Here are some things I love about it:

Buckwheat is not a grain.

Many who are trying to avoid grains find themselves limited to fruit and sweet potatoes as sources of good carbs. Even though it’s often included in lists of grains, buckwheat is not a grain. The edible portion is a seed from a plant related to greens like rhubarb and sorrel.

Buckwheat is gluten-free.

Because it is neither a grain nor related to wheat, buckwheat is gluten-free and safe for those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities. Studies show that even in high concentrations, buckwheat flour and its purified proteins have no immunologic reactions for patients with celiac disease.

At PPC Farms, we are co-planting buckwheat and clover with broccoli in experimental plots to study weed suppression, nitrogen fixation and soil temperature balancing benefits.  The study was funded by NRCS, awarded to NCAT, and execulted by UTRGV.  

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers.

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is an American organization headquartered in that is dedicated to appropriate technology and sustainability. Projects specifically deal with sustainable energy, sustainable agriculture and food, sustainable living, farm energy, and climate change.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is a public research university in the University of Texas System.  UTRGV is one of the largest universities in the U.S. to have a majority Hispanic student population; 90% of its students are Hispanic, virtually all of them Mexican-Americans.