Despite its name, buckwheat is not part of the wheat family; it’s actually a gluten-free seed that’s more related to rhubarb than it is to wheat grain!
Buckwheat is one of the world’s first domesticated crops, having originated in Southeast Asia around 6,000 years ago before spreading to Central Asia, Middle East and Europe.
The many ways to use buckwheat
Because it’s free from gluten, buckwheat offers a wonderful alternative to regular flour found in pastas, noodles, breakfast foods, baked goods and pancakes.
At The Source Bulk Foods, we love the earthy and nutty flavour of buckwheat. Next time you’re in store, pick up some raw buckwheat (groats), buckwheat pasta, buckwheat flour, buckwheat pancake mix, puffed buckwheat or even some buckwheat hazelnut and berry chocolate!
Buckwheat is loaded with good stuff and makes a great addition to your weekly meal plan – especially if you’re avoiding gluten.
Buckwheat is rich in dietary fibre, antioxidants and nutrients like magnesium, zinc, folate and vitamin B6. The grain-like seed contains all essential amino acids and is therefore considered a complete protein.
Looking for a high-protein, plant-based meal the whole family will love? Try our Buckwheat Bowl with Creamy Coconut Dressing recipe!