CERTIFIED ORGANIC HULLED BUCKWHEAT GROATS
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Buckwheat as a garden plant
To plant buckwheat in your home garden, simply broadcast the seeds over a raked garden bed, watering regularly after planting to ensure the seeds stay moist. Buckwheat grows quickly, from seed to flower in only 6 weeks. Buckwheat does best when planted in spring or fall when temperatures aren’t too high.
Buckwheat can also be planted in containers as an excellent filler Buckwheat is known for its ability to make phosphorus more available in the soil, a key nutrient necessary for supporting healthy plants. When planted densely, buckwheat plays an important role in weed control. Buckwheat’s flowers, reminiscent of baby’s breath, are a lovely garden ornamental and a great option to attract more bees.
Buckwheat is a dependable cooking staple. Buckwheat groats can be milled into flour to make popular buckwheat pancakes or used in other gluten-free baking recipes. Cooking with buckwheat provides the opportunity to get truly creative in the kitchen, use buckwheat in place of rice, couscous, quinoa, or barley. Substitute buckwheat instead of oats in your next batch of granola or breakfast porridge.
- Breakfast foods
- Grain substitutes
- Gluten-free baking
Despite its name, buckwheat is not actually wheat, as it is not in the grass family. Buckwheat is a pseudocereal that is used in many similar ways that members of the wheat family are used. In fact, buckwheat is related to rhubarb, sorrel, and knotweed.
Buckwheat was first cultivated near the Tibetan plateau in southwest China. In this area, buckwheat is seen as a staple crop and is used for its medicinal properties as well. Traditional uses of buckwheat include: Soba noodles in Japan, buckwheat Wantuo in China, Mook in Korea, Chillare in India, and porridge and soups made from buckwheat are commonly incorporated into meals in Eastern Europe. Although buckwheat is used primarily as animal feed in the United States, it is still fairly popular as a pancake ingredient.
Buckwheat contains essential amino acids (amino acids that we need but must obtain from our diet as we do not produce them ourselves), vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. Additionally, buckwheat is a rich source of prebiotics which are necessary food sources for the beneficial bacteria in our digestive tracts. A study conducted in Spain assessed the effects that buckwheat had on the healthy bacteria count in rats. The researchers found that the rats who were given buckwheat had higher numbers of healthy bacteria, like Bifidobacteria and Enterobacteria, compared to the rats in the control group who did not receive buckwheat in their diet.