Andersen Fairy Tales, Andersen-Hans Christian

The Buckwheat

The BuckwheatThe Buckwheat

If, after a thunderstorm, you see a blackened field of buckwheat, there is a reason for it. Some people say it is lightning, but the sparrow says differently. The sparrow tells a different tale.

There was a field with an old willow tree beside it. In the field grows barley, rye, and oats. There was once a field of buckwheat there as well.

The buckwheat was proud of itself. It said it was just as valuable as any other vegetable or just as pretty as any fruit tree. The buckwheat would talk to the willow and ask it if there was anything prettier than it, but the willow would say that it did know of prettier things than the buckwheat. The buckwheat would then call the willow stupid.

A terrible storm arose. The other plants bent their heads to escape the worst of the storm. They told the buckwheat to also bend its head, but the buckwheat was too proud and said it had no need to bend its head. They also told the buckwheat to close its flower and not look when lightning struck, for when lightning strikes heaven can be seen, but even humans, who are more noble than plants would be struck blind at the sight. The buckwheat said it was going to get a glimpse of heaven because it considered itself superior even to humans.

When the storm did come it raged, but after it was over, the other plants lifted up their heads and opened their flowers, but the buckwheat could not, because it lay burnt in the field.

The willow would weep for the buckwheat and felt sorry for what its pride had caused it and the willow told its story to the sparrow.

The End


Buckwheat is something I don’t really know a lot about. So let’s enlighten both of us, shall we?

Buckwheat is not in fact related to wheat at all. It’s not a grass, although it does produce a grain-like fruit. It’s related to sorrel and rhubarb. Buckwheat is used for a cover crop and for food. Buckwheat does have pretty flowers. A field of buckwheat in bloom looks like a carpet of flowers.

A great thing about buckwheat is that it produces D-chiro insitol, which is good for you, especially if you have a medical disorder that has something to do with insulin regulation.

Although, none of what I found out gives any reason as to why this plant would be so proud of itself.


Don’t be so darn proud of yourself. Look, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having confidence in yourself and practicing positive self-talk, but quite frankly, you’re not all that and a bag of chips, none of us are. You can be awesome. You can think you’re awesome, but when you start thinking you’re better than everyone else is when you go wrong. You’re not more valuable that another person, but you are valuable, don’t forget that.

The moral of the story is don’t think you are worth more than any other person on the Earth. Capisce?


Oh buckwheat, we barely knew ye…pstch…whatever, this darn buckwheat, being such a jerk. I kind of feel like the buckwheat deserved what it got.

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Would you eat a buckwheat pancake?

Do you know of prettier plants that buckwheat?


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