Buckwheat benefits

Despite being classed as a ‘pseudocereal’, buckwheat has very real benefits for your health!

What exactly is a pseudocereal?

Like many other grains, buckwheat is a pseudocereal. This simply means that it’s a seed which commonly eaten and used in the same way as a cereal.

Where does buckwheat come from?

From its likely origins in ancient China, buckwheat made its way to the Americas via European settlers. Historically, Russia leads the world in buckwheat production, followed by China.

Growing buckwheat

Buckwheat is a very nutritious and, happily, low-maintenance crop. It only needs ten to twelve weeks to grow.

Buckwheat: the gluten-free backbone of your favourite dishes

You might be surprised to find out that, even if you’ve never eaten the grain itself, you’ve eaten buckwheat many times before! Many popular dishes include buckwheat as an ingredient, such as soba noodle, Polish kasha, Breton galettes and even a kind of polenta which comes from Apulia in northern Italy.

Nutritional content of buckwheat

18% of buckwheat is protein, which is fantastic news for vegans and vegetarians who need to obtain their amino acids from plant sources. Buckwheat contains all the essential amino acids your body can’t produce on its own.

“Buckwheat helps improve soil fertility and prevent erosion. As such, it helps other crops to grow, protects natural wildlife and is compatible with climate-smart agriculture.”

Buck up your heart — and keep your blood sugar in balance

Aside from its direct nutritional content, buckwheat also has numerous benefits for your health. This grain has been directly associated with improving heart health because it lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol.(3)

Full of flavonoids

While flavonoids have a technical-sounding name, they are simply compounds found in many plants. These compounds are grouped together because they share a similar molecular structure. Scientists also believe that they responsible for many of the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. For example, many flavonoids have antioxidant or anti-inflammatory properties.

Good for digestion

Buckwheat seems to be particularly good for your digestive system.

What is sprouted buckwheat?

Buckwheat comes in many forms, including but not limited to flour, creamy buckwheat, raw buckwheat groats (buckwheat hulls), or hulled buckwheat grains. You might also come across ‘sprouted buckwheat’.

How do you sprout buckwheat at home?

If you’d like to try sprouting the grain for yourself, the good news is it’s very easy. Once you get into the habit, it will become part of your daily routine in the kitchen and you will be able to add sprouted buckwheat to all kinds of dishes.

Key buckwheat benefits

  • Maintain heart health
  • Boost your circulatory system
  • Aid digestion
  • Supply your body with the essential amino acids
  • Nourish your body with minerals and vitamins including iron and B vitamins

Buckwheat recipes

Buckwheat makes a brilliant base for all kinds of recipes. We love to include it in our crackers, such as our Tkemali Beetroot or Greek Olive flavours.

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