Thursday, 18 December 2014

Fagopyrum tataricum (Tartary buckwheat) - Sikkim flora

Scientific classification

Kingdom:       Plantae
Phylum:          Angiosperms
Order:                        Caryophyllales
Family:           Polygonaceae
Subfamily:     Epidendroideae
Genus:            Fagopyrum
Species:           F. tataricum

Binomial name: Fagopyrum tataricum (L.) Gaertn

Other Names:  duckwheat, India buckwheat, India wheat, green buckwheat or bitter buckwheat

Special feature: Tartary buckwheat is bitterer, but contains more rutin than common buckwheat. It also contains quercitrin.

Tartar buckwheat was domesticated in east Asia, and is also cultivated in Europe and North America. While it is an unfamiliar food in the West, it is still eaten in the Himalayan region today. (Source: Wikipedia)

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