Buckwheat is not a grain…it’s related to rhubarb!

Buckwheat is not a grain…it’s related to rhubarb!

Buckwheat, the revelation

Yes, you read correctly. Buckwheat is actually related to rhubarb and not to wheat.

So, why is it often mistakenly placed within the cereal family? Because of the appearance, nutritional components and wholesome nutty flavour of its seeds. Unlike grains, buckwheat is naturally gluten-free. It is also a great source of nutrients like lean protein, manganese, carbohydrates and thiamine.

What is Buckwheat?

Buckwheat is an annual plant that grows to approximatively 0.7 meters in height. Its leaves are delicate and heart shaped. The flowers are small and pink or blue-white coloured, growing in clusters on top of the stem. They produce nut-like shaped seeds, called pseudo-grains.

The name buckwheat originates from their floury outer coating. Evidence shows that its flour was first used in Southeast Asia in prehistoric times. Over the centuries, its use has spread to Europe and then North America.

Why is Buckwheat good for me?

Buckwheat is a wonderful source of benefits for our health. Did you know that it can:

  • Improve digestion and cholesterol
  • Offer help against several intestinal conditions
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Aid with diabetes management

…Now you are probably wondering how it does it, right?

Buckwheat is what we call a superfood. It is naturally highly rich in protein, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and aromatic compounds.

What an impressive list of benefits for such a small seed!

How can I eat Buckwheat?

Along with being extremely good for you, it is also a versatile ingredient for many dishes. Its flavour is nut-like, slightly smokey and wholesome.

Its uses go beyond being the main ingredient of Japanese Soba noodles or Breton pancakes. Or yet again, buckwheat risotto, grain-free banana bread, buckwheat granola and of course you can make pasta too!

Stay tuned: our high-protein pasta made from buckwheat and chickpeas is coming soon!

 

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Excellent information. Very clear and informative. Looking forward to hearing more about the pasta

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