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The Buckwheat plant is a broadleaf crop that is found in the Polygonaceae family or the knotweed family. Also found in this family are mountain sorrel and rhubarb. While this plant is native to southwest Asia, it can be found fast growing in northern temperate regions such as the northern tier of the United States. Here are some of the many uses of the Buckwheat plant:

Buckwheat grain

The hulls are removed and you are left with a buckwheat groats or seeds. Where the hulls are typically a darker brown color, the groats are a lighter color, typically a tannish green when harvested. In Asia and elsewhere, these groats are roasted, soaked and finally simmered down until soft to make a porridge like meal called kasha.

Buckwheat Flour

Made when the seed is de-hulled and ground up. Buckwheat flour has gained popularity in the last few years being a gluten-free grain. You can find it in many gluten-free breads, bars, and other snacks.

Food Source for Butterflies, Bees and other Pollinators.

The buckwheat plant provides nectar and pollen for many species. This is a common plant among beekeepers because of its long flowering period, between 6 and 8 weeks. It is interesting to note that honey from the buckwheat plant results in a darker color and a stronger odor. Many compare it to Molasses.

Cover Crop

Cover crops are plants grown for their ability to help maintain and nourish the soil around other plants. The Buckwheat’s roots are known for their ability to create phosphorous, one of the main nutrients in soil next to nitrogen and potassium. It is said that the roots release an acidity that makes phosphorous more available to the surrounding plants. It is also a wonderful plants to overpower your common summer weeds.

After the yummy grains and flours from the beautiful buckwheat plant are made, the only thing we are left with are the hulls, the outer shell of the seed. That’s where we come in!

Buckwheat hulls are our most popular filling. Anyone that owns a Mindful Works Buckwheat Pouf will know why. It is a heavy but sturdy filling that forms to your body just right.While synthetic fillings like polystyrene will compress over time, the buckwheat hulls hold their shape through years of use. Used in meditation cushions and custom pillows, buckwheat hulls stay cooler in temperate compared to many other fillings.

Mindful Works sustainable efforts include keeping fabric and banners out of our landfills, using a recycled foam filling and our biggest one yet, using sustainable buckwheat hulls in our products!

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