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Buckwheat? What is it?


Buckwheat, a slightly deceptive name that can easily cause confusion. Buckwheat is not a type of wheat, but is actually related to the rhubarb family. Unlike many of the other so-called “whole grains”, buckwheat is not technically a grain nor a cereal, it is a seed. Even better, it is gluten-free and perfect for people with digestive issues.

Raw buckwheat and kasha

When purchasing buckwheat you will find either raw or roasted buckwheat groats. Raw buckwheat groats are light brown or green and don’t have much of an aroma at all. The much darker reddish-brown looking buckwheat is called Kasha, and roasting promotes a stronger slightly nutty flavour.

Enjoy buckwheat

The use of buckwheat is wide and varied. It can be used in:

Nutritional benefits of buckwheat

Buckwheat is a vital natural food source of rutin, a bioflavonoid which is important for healing varicose veins, improving poor blood circulation and repairing hardened arteries (1). The magnesium content of buckwheat is beneficial for your nervous system and combined with phosphorus the brain benefits too. The smaller amounts of copper, zinc and iron promote wound healing.

(1) Source: Laugh with Health: Your complete Guide to Health, Diet, Nutrition & Natural Foods (2011)

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