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    Estonia (EMU) & Turkey (EGE) | Cereals Vertical Leader: BIOLAND

    Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) is a plant cultivated for its grain-like seeds and as a cover crop. Buckwheat is raised for grain where a short season is available, because it is used as a second crop in the season. Buckwheat has a growing period of only 10-12 weeks.
    Status: It can be grown in high latitude or northern areas (Russia, China, Ukraine, France, Kazakhstan, Germany).
    Main properties: High in crude protein with high biological value; Rich in iron, zinc and selenium; Rich in polyphenols; Rich in fagopyrin and Aromatic compounds.
    Nutrition/health: Gluten-free, rich source protein, dietary fiber, four B vitamins and several dietary minerals, with content especially high in niacin, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus. It is very carbohydrates, including high dietary fibers and protein and low fat.
    Advantages: High nutritional value, water-energy efficient, environmental resilient (does well on lowfertility or acidic soils, can be grown in high latitude or northern areas), very short growing season, several culinary uses, gluten-free, high potential to enter in the food value chain, high potential to incorporate in the consumers shopping basket.

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