What are the benefits of Buckwheat?
1. Gluten Free
Buckwheat, despite its name, is not wheat. It is actually a seed! This means that it is gluten free and safe for people with celiac disease.
2. Raw Buckwheat
These are the whole, triangular shaped seeds of the buckwheat plant, also known as groats. They are commonly cooked in water to make a wholesome breakfast similar to porridge. Groats can also be added to soups or stews in place of barley or boiled and eaten like rice. They’re good in salads, raw or cooked, and are easy to sprout.
3. Buckwheat flour
Made from whole ground buckwheat groats, buckwheat flour is a simple way to introduce buckwheat to your diet. Use it in gluten-free recipes, pancakes, cakes and biscuits (although it is quite dense so you usually have to mix it with something like almond meal/brown rice flour/potato flour to makes recipes lighter). You can also use it in pizza bases, home-made pasta and traditional Japanese soba noodles.
These are activated (soaked) buckwheat groats, which are then dehydrated at a low temperature and often mixed with a sweetener or flavourings such as cinnamon. They are a tasty and nutritious little snack, great in trail mix, served with milk for breakfast, or sprinkled on smoothies.