Once upon a time there were two fairies in heaven named Rice and Corn. Each year, when spring arrived, they descended down to earth to sow seeds for the year’s crops. When Rice and Corn were done planting, they didn’t know what to do with the left over husks, so they threw them into a ravine.
During the spring and summer, villagers tended the rice and corn, and when the crops were ready they harvested the food. There was plenty to eat right after the harvest, but after that the food ran low. Villagers had to skip dinner each night and go to bed hungry. One day in the fall, during a time of little food, the villagers set out to search for something to eat. When they went down into the ravine, they were astonished to see tiny pink and white flowers covering the mountainsides. When they bent down to look at the beautiful flowers, the villagers noticed a small triangular seed hiding behind the pink and white petals. On the flowers where the petals had died, the little seeds had turned black. Since they were so hungry, the villages decided to try to cook the small black seeds. To their surprise, the black seeds yielded food that was as delicious as rice and corn. Their hunger soon disappeared.
Because the seeds were the offspring of the rice and corn husks, the villages decided the new food must be a type of wheat. And because the small seeds looked like triangles, they named their new food, “Buckwheat.” Nowadays, the peoples of Ha giang celebrate the flower every year with festivals.