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What is buckwheat honey?  Have you ever tasted it? Well, I’m excited to share with you awesome facts about this excellent type of honey. From the first time I tasted this dark and bold honey, I was a loyal fan. Not only do I adore the earthy, weird-in-a-good-way taste, but this honey knocks it out of the ballpark in terms of medicinal value. I hope after learning about this gem that it will become a favorite of yours too.

Buckwheat Flower Source:

Have you ever seen a buckwheat flower? It is quite lovely with delicate flower blooms. But don’t let the appearance of this plant fool you because it is a densely growing plant that is very hardy. Many growers use it as a crop cover due to its growth density, and farmers use it to add valuable nutrients back into the soil.

What’s interesting about the flowers is that they usually bloom very early in the day, so those industrious little bees must work very hard in the mornings to collect the nectar. But they don’t mind because the flowers produce large amounts of nectar.

I’m impressed with all the things you can do with buckwheat seeds. They are a real blessing to those who are gluten intolerant because the seeds can be ground into a gluten-free flour. Have you ever eaten farina or groats? Well, these are by-products of buckwheat flour. I remember as a kid, some of my friends loved farina for breakfast. They enjoyed it hot with milk, cinnamon, and brown sugar. It reminded me of oatmeal.

Buckwheat hulls are used to fill pillows for those who are allergic to feathers. And because these pillows conform to your body contours, they are claimed to help with any pain and discomfort you may experience due to a misaligned spine.

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Physical Characteristics of Buckwheat Honey:

The color is usually dark brown – almost black – with a sort of red tint. It has a woodsy scent, and compared to other lighter colored honey; it isn’t as sweet. I laughed when one person described the aroma as “a  zoo in a jar”.

My Description of the Taste:

The taste of this honey can vary somewhat depending on where the plant was grown and the specific type of buckwheat plant the bees visited. This honey has an interesting profile. I find that it is sweet, but not as sweet as other types of honey. Many folks don’t like the ‘strange’ taste, but I find it delicious. It’s difficult for me to describe it, but the taste is, well, weird.

When the sweet liquid first hits your taste buds, there is an explosion of sweetness mingled with tang. Then as you swallow it, there is this musty, malty under note that teases your mouth (Okay, my mouth is watering right now!). And then, so that you don’t forget, this incredible flavor lingers for a bit. A true delicacy, in my humble opinion. The closest taste to another food would be molasses.

Uses in Cuisine:

This type of honey is excellent for cooking poultry, pork or beef and for making barbecue sauces. Also, it stands up well to strong cheeses. I think a combination of buckwheat honey, blue cheese, and pears or figs would be a treat fit for a king.

Buckwheat honey can also be an excellent sugar substitute in coffee and tea.

This honey is the key ingredient used to make gingerbread in some areas of France, where buckwheat plays an important cultural role.

Buckwheat Honey Health Benefits:

It’s a known fact that the darker the honey, the richer the antioxidants and minerals. This honey has more antioxidants than blueberries and has been proven to be more effective in suppressing coughs than modern 0ver-the-counter cough syrups. So if you are getting a cough or cold or maybe a sore throat, this type of honey is excellent as a remedy.  Just take a teaspoon before bed and it should help your condition.

Do you have iron anemia or just need more energy? Take a tablespoon of buckwheat honey.  Because of its iron content, it is recommended for anemia. And if that’s not enough to convince you of its medicinal benefits, buckwheat honey has been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria such as MRSA, VRE, and E. coli.

Amazon Verified Purchaser Testimonials About Buckwheat Honey:

The texture and taste are perfect….. Purpose for me seeking out raw honey is that on my paleo lifestyle I steer clear of all sugar, yet raw honey routinely gets praised for keeping blood glucose levels low and the phenols in the raw honey mitigates fatty liver deposits. Mechanism for the process is poorly understood but the few limited studies suggest that raw honey (particularly the darker types) act as a complete food! So while this honey is so expensive, ultimately you have to ask how much value you place on your liver.


I have really enjoyed the raw buckwheat honey. Have it in my coffee and green tea every day. I find that the refined honey tastes closer to sugar while the raw honey has so many other subtle flavors. It really enhances foods.


I purchase this honey from my neighborhood Fiesta Market. It does smell bad, but with time, you don’t notice it. I put it on my face to avoid pimples. My skin glows. Love this stuff.


My doctor recommended buckwheat honey to me years ago to help with respiratory issues. Put it in tea and sip it and it’s great.


Gem. I would give this 6 stars. It has helped so much with my husbands sinus issues. He takes this with warm water in the morning and has kept his sinus infections at bay. My kids love it on toast. I love a spoonful of this delicious, caramely honey by itself. Chockful of anti oxidents to boot.


Where Buckwheat honey is Produced:

This honey is produced mainly in Ohio, Minnesota, New York, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Canada.

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Tips on Buying Buckwheat Honey:

Keep in mind that this honey should be dark. If it is a light color, this means that the bees fed too much on other types of plants, so you’re getting a product that is not as pure. Where to buy buckwheat honey? When you buy this honey, try to find it from a reputable beekeeper in your area. If that’s not possible, you can find good honey on the internet.  The one I love is found here.

If this is your first time trying buckwheat honey, don’t buy a large jar in case you don’t like it. But I hope that you do.

So now if someone asked you – “What is buckwheat honey?”, you can give an answer. If they ask you what it tastes like, you might tell them that you can describe it, but they will just have to sample it themselves!

How many of you have tried buckwheat honey?  Did you hate it or love it?


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