Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum), thought to have originated in China, was planted as early as 5,000 or 6,000 years ago. Today, China and Russia are the largest producers of buckwheat, or kasha, the name used for the crop in Eastern Europe. 

Buckwheat remains a minor crop in the United States. Around 25,000 acres of buckwheat are planted each year.  February 2013 ... Buckwheat



Businesses/Cast Studies

  • Birkett Mills, Penn Yan, New York - Producer of buckwheat products and an organic buckwheat buyer.
  • Bouchard Family Farm Fort Kent, Maine - To save the family farm, the Bourchards developed a packaged mix for ployes, a French Acadian flat bread made from buckwheat.
  • Buckwheat Growers of Illinois, Sustainability in action, 2003.

Links checked January 2013.