Takane Ruby Buckwheat Seed Packet

$ 4.00 

Takane Ruby Buckwheat Seed Packet
Takane Ruby Buckwheat Seed Packet
Takane Ruby Buckwheat Seed Packet
Takane Ruby Buckwheat Seed Packet

Takane Ruby Buckwheat
Fagopyrum Esculentum

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
75 seeds per packet

days to maturity: 35 days to flower, 85 days to grain
plant spacing: direct seeded
sunlight requirements: 8-14 hours
look out for: flowering too early due to heat
harvest notes: can be harvested for seed but consider it an ornamental

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. 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. We grew a test bed of this fun neon pink buckwheat last season and we were sooooooo enamored with it! its colors are bright and vibrant and its just as easy to grow as normal white buckwheat. We literally would just go and stare at it as it waved in the wind and bees landed on it to feed. If you have the space for ornamental pollinators in your garden this is a quick growing, fast lived, and affordable (because its just a packet of seeds) option.