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“Buckwheat is Valuable as a Honey Plant…” Farm & Household Encyclopedia (c. 1890)

Andrew Jenner is a writer for Modern Farmer who recently published a story inspired by an old (c. 1890) Farm & Household Encyclopedia that he scrounged up from his grandfather's book collection. In the article, he put together a list of old farm tips/wisdom from this book that would still hold true today.

One of the seven bits of old-school farm wisdom that have withstood the test of time over the past 130 years and counting, is “Bees like buckwheat”.

“Buckwheat is valuable as a honey plant, as it can be made to bloom when there would otherwise be a dearth of flowers. The honey is dark, but is preferred to all other kinds by some people.”

Still true, says Mary Ross of the Mohawk Valley Trading Company. One reason that buckwheat remains valuable as a bee forage is that timed plantings allow it to continue blooming through the fall when, indeed, there can be a dearth of other flowers.

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