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10:49 Aug 16, 2003
German to Russian translations [Non-PRO]
Botany / general
German term or phrase: gretchka
Hi, thanks for taking the time to read this. I have been looking for a long time for the meaning of the word gretchka, gretchka is my name, I am from Puerto Rico, some people tell me it means war, others that is a type of wheat but I would really like to know what gretchka really means. When my father was alive he told me that he got the name from a German movie but I don't know if that's true. Thanks I appreciate it.
Gretchka Lee Benitez

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gretchka is buckwheat in Russian.

Polygonaceae Fagopyrum sp.
Japanese buckwheat F. esculentum Moench

Silver hull (Common Gray) buckwheat F. esculentum Moench

Tertary buckwheat F. tataricum (L.) Gaertn.

Wing-seeded buckwheat F. emarginatum Moench

Source: Magness et al. 1971
Buckwheat is believed to have originated in Central and Western China. It is now a relatively minor crop in the United States. Average acreage grown, 1960-64 inclusive, was about 57,000. This contrasts with near one million acres 50 years earlier. Present production is probaly under one million bushels, tbougb exact data are lacking.

The buckwheat plant is entirely different from other grains and is not a grass. It is a summer annual with rather coarse, branched stems and large, broadly arrow-shaped leaves. Flower panicles and leaves rise from the nodes, both on the main stem and branches. Growth habit is indeterminate with flowers opening throughout a long season, so the seed crop does not mature at one time. The seed is partially but not entirely enclosed by adhering flower parts during development.

Note added at 11 mins (2003-08-16 11:01:14 GMT)


Buckwheat is a grain that has been eaten for hundreds of years in the Far East. China, Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries have long enjoyed noodles made from buckwheat flour. Buckwheat can also be used for a variety of baked products, including pancakes, breads, muffins, crackers, bagels, cookies, and tortillas among others. Buckwheat is thought of as a cereal, but is actually an herb of the buckwheat family, Polygonaceae. The triangular seeds are used to make the flour after

being removed from the husk. In one pound of raw buckwheat there are 1,520 calories. The composition of our buckwheat flour is approximately: 63% carbohydrate, 11.7% protein, 2.4% fat, 9.9% fiber, 11% water and 2% minerals.

Special Foods!TM buckwheat flour is a raw flour. The taste of buckwheat is light and bland. Buckwheat pancakes have a nice taste, and a slightly rougher texture than conventional pancakes. The muffins and breads are dark brown, and light and airy in consistency. The muffins and breads are dark brown, and light and airy in consistency. Buckwheat bagels are beautiful and have a wonderful texture and composition.

All of Special Foods!TM buckwheat products contain no other grains or milk, eggs, or sugar of any kind.


    Reference: http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/Crops/Buckwheat.html
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