Buckwheat is neither a grass nor wheat, but is a fruit related to rhubarb and it was one of the first crops cultivated in the United States. Our Buckwheat honey is produced in New York. The Dutch colonists brought buckwheat to North America where they planted it along the Hudson River.
Buckwheat honey is a strong-flavored honey with an almost black color and red tint. Although it is not as sweet as other lighter colored honey, it has a somewhat woody scent and lingering aftertaste. Its dark color and strong taste are reminiscent of molasses, and it's a favorite in Europe. Darker honey contains higher levels of antioxidants and minerals which provide a defense against free radicals; boosting immunity and are said to help fight heart disease, cancer, and other maladies. Buckwheat honey contains about 796 milligrams per kilogram (as many as found in food produce like spinach, blueberries, apples, strawberries and oranges; according to researchers). Buckwheat honey is also a great source of iron. It has been said to be the most beneficial honey for the body
It is excellent for cooking poultry, pork or beef and making barbecue sauces. It also goes well with strong cheese and of course, is an excellent sugar substitute in coffee and tea! You should know it is a key ingredient used to make gingerbread in some areas of France where buckwheat plays an important cultural role. This honey should be a part of every winter medicine cabinet. Take 1-2 teaspoon before bed to treat nocturnal coughing or cold or a sore throat and allow better sleep. Because of its iron content, it is recommended for iron deficiency anemia. You can also take a tablespoon of buckwheat honey to feel energetic.
If you are planning to use buckwheat honey for its health-benefits, raw buckwheat honey is the specific type you need. This is because heating (pasteurization) destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics which are the important constituents to receive the health benefits. Buckwheat honey in particular help with suppressing cough; a healthier alternative and even more effective than conventional over the counter cough syrups. It has also been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria such as MRSA, VRE, and E. coli.
Can be stored at room temperature.