Herb: Tartarian Buckwheat
Latin name: Fagopyrum tataricum
Synonyms: Polygonum tataricum
Family: Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)
Medicinal use of Tartarian Buckwheat:The bark is astringent.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Found at heights up to 4400 metres in the Himalayas from Pakistan to Bhutan.
Edible parts of Tartarian Buckwheat:Leaves - raw or cooked. Acceptable raw when added in small quantities to mixed chopped salads, otherwise the leaves are much better cooked. They are rich in rutin. Seed - cooked as a cereal.The seed can also be sprouted and used in salads, or ground into a powder and used as a cereal. An edible oil is obtained from the seed.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow from the middle of spring to early summer in situ. The seed usually germinates in 5 days. The earlier sowings are for a seed or leaf crop whilst the later sowings are used mainly for leaf crops or green manure.
Cultivation of Tartarian Buckwheat:Found at heights up to 4400 metres in the Himalayas from Pakistan to Bhutan.
Known hazards of Fagopyrum tataricum:The plant has caused photosensitivity in some people, the dehusked grain is said to be safe.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.