Buckwheat tea, (also as soba tea), has been used for a very long time in China.
Contrary to popular belief, buckwheat bears no relation to wheat; it is the seed of a fruit related to rhubarb. The buckwheat plant grows small white flowers and bright green leaves. The groats, or seeds, are used to make buckwheat tea.
it tastes rich and beefy, like coffee but without the bitterness. Other people liken it to a nutty-flavored tea. In truth, it has many different flavor notes, rather like a wine, and you may end up focusing on other flavors than other people.almost everyone agrees that the scent of the tea is quite strong, but ultimately pleasing.
the Health Benefits of tartary buckwheat tea
Although many people find the taste quite good, the real reason most people are trying buckwheat tea is because of its excellent health benefits. These benefits have been known for many years in certain cultures, but they are just recently coming into the mainstream for the everyday person to enjoy.
For starters, buckwheat contains several vitamins and minerals such as B1 and B2. It also contains a bioflavonoid called rutin that encompasses the benefits of both green tea and red wine as well. Essentially what rutin does is strengthen capillaries as well as helps to fight off free radicals. This means that it helps people suffering from high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, and can even help prevent a very large amount of different types of cancer.
On top of rutin, buckwheat also contains a compound called choline. Choline is one of the members of the vitamin B complex. This one in particular plays an integral role in proper metabolizing, and it also decreases cholesterol and lowers blood pressure.
The good news does not stop there. Buckwheat, particularly drinking buckwheat tea, helps the body prevent the accumulation of body fat. It also enables your body to produce healthier and more regular bowel movements. To top it all off buckwheat and its tea variant fit into a low-calorie and well-balanced diet. Even the strictest regimens can easily include this tea; it will not throw off dietary restrictions.
Article quoted from: http://www.jiangtea.blog.com/2012/01/10/chinese-healthy-tea-tartary-buchwheat-tea/