“Dattan Soba” is a staple food of the minority, Yi tribe inhabiting in Yunnan and Sichuan Province, China. Thanks to their energetic and healthy dietary life, “Dattan Soba” is now well footlighted globally.
Q-1: What is “Dattan Soba (Tartary buckwheat)”?
While a buckwheat most popular in the market is called normal buckwheat or sweat buckwheat, “Dattan Soba” is called like a bitter buckwheat which holds a lot of Rutin much more than 100 times compare with that of normal buckwheat. Although normal buckwheat seeds in 75 days, “Dattan Soba” seeds in about 85 days. And the shape of seed is different each other. When boiled the yellow color of “Dattan Soba” noodle will become vivid, this is the proof of ingredient good for health itself.
(“Dattan Soba” buckwheat farm spreading over vast highlands over 2000-3000m above the sea.”Dattan Soba” is being cultivated in such clean air environment.)
Q-2: Why named like “Dattan Soba (Tartary buckwheat)”?
The botanical name of “Dattan Soba” is “Fagopyrum tataricum”. Since “Tataricum” means Dattan or Tartary, the name of “Dattan Soba” is derived from this botanical name. Dattan (or Tartar) themselves, however, seem to be not living on Dattan Soba (Tartary buckwheat). “Dattan Soba” is originated in mountainous district of Yunnan and Sichuan Province of China more than 2000-3000m above the sea, and is being cultivated by the minority, Yi tribe there. This tribe used to take “Dattan Soba” in various way of cooking, besides it is still their staple food.
(Long-established harvesting of “Dattan Soba” by the Yi tribe)
Q-3: Is “Dattan Soba” good for health?
Why the Yi tribe people can lead so healthy and energetic life under such stern living environment? It is because they are living on “Dattan Soba” as a staple food. It is said that there are no life-style related diseases or adults’ diseases existing in their society. Cultivation in this mountainous district is still based on traditional method not producing any hazardous influence against natural environment.] “Dattan Soba” grown up under extremes of temperature in highlands has been already proved to hold high nutritive value and medical properties. The Yi tribe people are yet powdering the buckwheat by a stone mill and passing the powder through a sieve to prepare their staple food. Having made long-term researches on the benefit of this wonderful staple food of the Yi tribe, the attractive and healthy food has been finally developed, that is “Dattan Soba”.
Column: Astonishingly high Nutritive Value of “Dattan Soba”
“Dattan Soba” is holding astonishingly high nutritive value which has been introduced in various books historically as well as its benefit. In “Ben Cao Gang Mu”, well-known medicine introductory special works published in 1578 during Ming era of China, it was introduced as “bitter noodle” and referred to be one of Chinese medicine.
* 100 times more “Rutin” than that of a normal buckwheat!
“Dattan Soba” is holding a lot of Rutin 100 times more than that of a normal buckwheat. Rutin is recognized to improve the condition of blood stream and prevent dementia effectively. It is also proved to reduce the level of blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.
* Nutritious and good for beauty
Containing a lot of nutritive substances such as mineral, vitamin B1, E, plant fiber and so on, it is expected to function against oxidization and tumorigenicity. Like this “Dattan Soba” is well proved to be holding various important nutrients needed for people of today. In addition, it is certified to be good for beauty restraining melanin, the cause of stains and freckles, by cis-cinnamic acid contained. This is really the efficacy available from food which cannot expect a normal buckwheat. These various functions are good ground for “Dattan Soba” making a hit as a healthy food and good for beauty as well.
Note: per powder of 100g According to analysis of Japan Food Center
So applicable to home cooking, additional specialty of shop menu and dessert
Various original goods, serving both of nutriment and health effect, arelined up.
Healthy drinks with abundant Rutin, a variety of Polyphenol
“Dattan Soba” Tea
Healthy Tea holding Rutin from polyphenol. Protect from oxidization. Also good for beauty restraining melanin and freckles by cis-cinnamic acid and vitamin E contained. Available at 700 Yen/200g Two choices, 200g for takeout and 1kg for business use. In whichever hot or cold, “Dattan Soba” Tea is always delicious.
Soba Tea Spirit highball (Choo-high)
Thin spirit with Soba Tea, float a couple of ice cubes on it. It is a fresh favor Choo-High good for health.
Article quoted from: http://www.hellolife.com/dattan.html