Buckwheat is actually a seed, cultivated from a plant, rather than a grain. Buckwheat is not related to wheat, (wheat is a grass). Buckwheat is related to sorrel, knotweed and rhubarb.
Buckwheat contains no gluten. However, Buckwheat has been identified as an allergen by itself. Some anaphylaxis cases have been reported in Korea, Japan and Europe.
Buckwheat is high in:
- B vitamins
- Vitamin E
Buckwheat is commonly found in:
- Noodles (Soba)
- Porridge made from roasted groats (also known as Kasha)
- Pancakes, crêpes
- Used for thickening soups, gravies and dressings
- Breads, combined with other flours