The name buckwheat is misleading because it isn’t related to wheat at all. In fact, buckwheat isn’t a true grain, but rather the fruit of a leafy plant belonging to the same family as sorrel and rhubarb. It is often referred to as a pseudo-cereal, since the grain is used in ways similar to cereal grains. Its name comes from a Dutch word that translates as “beechwheat,” most likely a reference to the plant’s triangular fruits, which resemble beechnuts. Most of us are most familiar with buckwheat flour used to make the pancakes, crepes or noodles (Japanese Soba). Here are 10 reasons why you should give buckwheat a try:
- Buckwheat is high in fiber; good for those with constipation.
- The protein in buckwheat has all 9 essential amino acids (that the body cannot manufacture), making it closer to being a “complete” protein.
- Buckwheat is high in the amino acid lysine, which is used for tissue growth and repair.
- Buckwheat is gluten-free so this makes it suitable for those with wheat allergies.
- Buckwheat is rich in calcium, iron, vitamin E, and B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, zinc and copper.
- The magnesium in buckwheat, helps relaxes blood vessels; helps improve circulation, decrease blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.
- Buckwheat helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. Due to the slower breakdown and absorption of the carbohydrates in buckwheat, this helps to raise our blood sugar levels more evenly. This especially good for those suffering with diabetes by helping to control their blood sugar levels.
- Buckwheat is low in calories, good in helping to reduce fat accumulation.
- Buckwheat contains rutin, a chemical that strengthens capillary walls.
- Buckwheat being high in insoluble fiber, can help women avoid gallstones. It is also protective against childhood asthma.
I introduce to you my new baby; the Gingerbread Buckwheat Crepe. It’s wholesome and satisfying, like cookies from a grandparent, but with fewer questions about your current employment status and non-existent significant other.
via Gingerbread Buckwheat Crepes — TheHenchVegan
We love Buckwheat here at LiEBES. Especially of the sprouted kind. Using sprouted buckwheat, this delicious recipe produces surprisingly fluffy and light pancakes that are packed full of nutrients.
via Sprouted Buckwheat Pancakes with Almond Butter Date Syrup — LiEBES – The better breakfast! © 2015 Liebes.
Buckwheat biscuits taste a bit different than other cookies you might have ate. They have a spicy halva taste and go great whit strong tea or chai. This taste is a result of using only buckwheat flour. Originally there was a bit of plain flour in the recipe but I changed that for two reasons. Buckwheat flour is gluten free, so those sweet babies are great for people with gluten problem. Secondly, they are just healthier in this version and still perfectly tasty. […]
via BUCKWHEAT BISCUITS — ~ M O N A L U ~
I never really knew what scones were all about until I had some for breakfast at Squam…and I decided I would have to try to bake some myself. I found this wonderful recipe using oats and buckwheat flour, that is as good for you as it is tasty. Add some cherries and chocolate chips, and […]
via Cherry chocolate chip buckwheat scones — Danube66
“This particular cake is a decidedly winters edition. The buckwheat flour undercuts the sweetness with a nutty overtone, and the rosemary adds an unexpected herb-y twist. Hazelnut and chocolate, because they both make everything better! […]
via Pear Buckwheat Cake with Rosemary, Dark Chocolate & Hazelnuts — highgate hill kitchen
In this recipe the more commonly used wheat flour is replaced with buckwheat, meaning the cookies are gluten-free. Buckwheat is part of the rhubarb family and so has a natural sweetness to it. It’s used more commonly in Russia and Northern China than here in the UK.
via Nigella’s Triple Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies — hayleyeatsblog
Every now and again I feel a compulsion to make muffins. Quite frequently actually. They make a great mid morning snack so I like to make a batch at least once a week to be able to enjoy them regularly. Instead of the traditional plain flour I used a mixture of buckwheat flour and ground almonds so the recipe is wheat free.
via Buckwheat, Carrot and Chia Muffins – everydayhealthyrecipes