Rose Red Soba (Buckwheat)
Amazing pink blooms in profusion! Grown for incredible flowers, tasty buckwheat seeds, and for feeding beneficial insects! In 1987, the very rare pink buckwheat was taken to Japan from the Himalayan Mountains at an altitude of 12,400 feet by Professor Emeritus Akio Ujihara of Shinshu University. We are told that Takano Co. and Mr. Ujihara further developed this to suit the Japanese climate. The drought-tolerant flowers are fantastic to attract beneficial pollinators in abundance and add an amazing pop to long-lasting bouquets. Planted en masse, it is as stunning as a field of lavender. Easy to grow, deer resistant, drought tolerant and hardy in much of the U.S.
Takane Ruby Buckwheat
A brilliant, ruby-red flowering superfood from Japan. Pink and red flowering buckwheat is a rare and wondrous pseudo-grain; blankets of pink can be seen blooming high in the Himalayas. In the late 1980s, Akio Ujihara, a professor emeritus from Shinshu University in Japan, collected seeds for a unique flowering buckwheat from Yunnan, China, at about 12,000 feet elevation. The professor selected and perfected this variety, and the signature red blanketed fields can now be found in Nara Prefecture, Japan. Japanese farmers quickly embraced this as a stunning cover crop, much more beautiful than white buckwheat. Tourism in the area to see the pink and red buckwheat fields has skyrocketed. The seeds are ground into a flour for soba noodles and can also be sprouted for a highly nutritious microgreen. In Japan, buckwheat is also brewed into tea and made into cookies. Honey from bees who fed on ruby buckwheat was analyzed by Shinshu University and shown to contain 100 times the antioxidant effect of regular honey.
(Fagopyrum esculentum) Tender plant used as a warm-season cover crop. Plant anytime in warm weather; incorporate into soil when flowering begins (4-6 weeks). It can be planted and tilled under several times in a summer. It is well known for adding organic matter to the soil -- and produces delicious and nutritious, edible seeds! Pretty white flowers.