Tips & Tricks

Buckwheat - sowing and harvesting

Buckwheat is gluten free and therefore very popular with many people. Learn how to plant buckwheat and then process it here.

Buckwheat is gluten free

Buckwheat is not a type of grain

Buckwheat, which grows to a height of around 60 centimeters, is not one of the cereals, as is often wrongly assumed, but one of the heavily blooming knotweed plants. Even if it is sown and harvested similarly to grain in the main growing regions. We explain below how you can grow, harvest and process buckwheat yourself.


In the garden, you can only sow the easy-care buckwheat in prepared rows of seeds in the spring (at the end of May, after the frosty days) and water them a little. Then it does not need any fertilizer or special crop protection, it practically grows on its own and extremely quickly. However, buckwheat can only develop through insect fertilization. However, which is somewhat difficult due to a strong flower development. This means that not all flowers can be fertilized by bees.


Buckwheat will be ready for harvest in a maximum of three months. However, harvesting by hand is a bit tedious because not all grains ripen at the same time. It is therefore ideal to wait for a harvest time when at least 3/4 of the grains have ripened.


Buckwheat usually has to be taken to the mill, where it is first peeled and then ground. However, this work can also be done easily with a household grain mill. You can then use the high-quality, gluten-free buckwheat flour to make pasta and groats, among other things. Buckwheat pancakes and buckwheat porridge for toddlers are also very popular.

By the way: The buckwheat grains, which contain a lot of protein, can even be compared with high-quality, animal protein, as recent research by the TU Munich-Weihenstephan has shown.