Buckwheat gets its own back
Nutritional value and versatility are only two of the reasons this 'wheat' that's not really wheat has attained new popularity.
The Chinese domesticated buckwheat more than 1,000 years ago, but it was only after it “migrated” to Russia with the Tatar tribes much later that it took on the status of an important food. Poverty and a shortage of other foods made buckwheat a welcome addition to the diet. Since a small amount can be filling, it has many nutritional advantages and its crop yield is plentiful even in bad weather.