Also known as beech wheat or Tartary buckwheat
High fiber content
Suitable for gluten-free diets
Buckwheat originates from Central Asia. It was later introduced to Europe during the Migration Period. Before the 20 century, it was mainly used amongst less well-to-do farmers in the form of porridge, subsequently vanishing from our diets altogether. It has only been making a comeback over the recent years. The oddly-shaped, triangular, gray and brown colored seeds have a unique aroma which seems odd at first, yet one can quickly grow fond of it when used with the right spices. Its flavor perfectly suits walnuts and basil. Buckwheat was originally not considered a cereal (it belong to the Polygonaceae family of plants), yet they are still similar in appearance, internal values and potential uses.
Buckwheat is rich in fiber, which not only stimulates digestion and mitigates the symptoms of constipation, yet is also advantageous for blood sugar or cholesterol-related conditions. It has a low glycemic index, therefore it’s recommended for those with diabetes, insulin resistance or those on a diet. Buckwheat is rich in the amino acid methionine that has a liver-protecting effect. Additionally, it contains high level of lysine that is less typical of cereals. It is also a valuable source of vitamins and minerals. Its folic acid, magnesium, potassium and zinc content are noteworthy, with levels of Vitamin B similar to other cereals. Thanks to its antioxidant and flavonoid content, it plays a role in the prevention of heart and circulatory diseases. Additionally, it contains a substance known as rutin that fortifies the walls of capillaries and boosts circulation. It can also play a role in regulating blood pressure. Buckwheat is gluten-free.
Use: Cook in approx. two parts water or vegetable stock for 20 minutes until tender. It is mainly used as a side dish, yet is also suitable for making dumplings (for soups), fritters or stuffed vegetables. As far as spices are concerned, basil and curry suit it the best.
Ingredients: buckwheat**= from a Certified Organic Source HU-ÖKO-01Certified by: Biokontroll Hungária Nonprofit Kft.
Nutritional information (per 100g):
Storage: Keep in a cold, dry place!
Country of origin: China