Buckwheat was first cultivated in inland Southeast Asia. Not only is it a crop that grows well in low-fertility or acidic soils, it is also a short season crop. In the U.S., buckwheat production was reduced with the introduction of nitrogen fertilizers which lower buckwheat yield. Kingwood, West Virginia holds a yearly Buckwheat Festival.
- a source of chiro-inositol which plays a significant role in glucose metabolism
- contain rutin, a phytochemical that strengthens capillary walls
- great choice for the gluten intolerant, since buckwheat is wheat free
- abundant in lignans, phytonutrients that protect against breast cancer