Fagopyrum tataricum

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Tartar buckwheat
Fagopyrum tataricum - Kops.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Fagopyrum
Species: F. tataricum
Binomial name
Fagopyrum tataricum
(L.) Gaertn.
  • Fagopyrum dentatum Moench
  • Fagopyrum rotundatum Bab.
  • Fagopyrum subdentatum Gilib.
  • Fagopyrum suffruticosum F.Schmidt
  • Polygonum tataricum L.

Tartary buckwheat (Fagopyrum tataricum) also known as duckwheat,[2] India buckwheat,[2] India wheat,[2] green buckwheat,[2] or bitter buckwheat[citation needed], is a domesticated food plant in the genus Fagopyrum (sometimes merged into the genus Polygonum) in the family Polygonaceae. With another species in the same genus, common buckwheat, it is often counted as a cereal, but unlike the true cereals the buckwheats are not members of the grass family. Thus they are not related to true wheat. Tartary buckwheat is bitterer, but contains more rutin than common buckwheat. It also contains quercitrin.[3]

Tartar buckwheat was domesticated in east Asia. While it is unfamiliar to the West, it is still eaten in the Himalayan region today, as well as other regions in Southwest China such as Guizhou province.

a bowl of fagopyrum tataricum seeds


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working Checklist of all Plant Species". 
  2. ^ a b c d "USDA GRIN Taxonomy". 
  3. ^ Tartary Buckwheat (Fagopyrum tataricum Gaertn.) as a Source of Dietary Rutin and Quercitrin. Nina Fabjan, Janko Rode, Iztok Jože Košir, Zhuanhua Wang, Zheng Zhang and Ivan Kreft, J. Agric. Food Chem., 2003, 51 (22), pp. 6452–6455, doi:10.1021/jf034543e

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