What is buckwheat? Buckwheat groats are gluten free seeds from a plant related to rhubarb. The outer husk is pulled away and the grain-like buckwheat seeds are harvested and eaten. First cultivated in Southeast Asia thousands of years ago, in time the seed journeyed west and took root in Eastern Europe, where raw buckwheat became the star of many classic dishes. Buckwheat contains essential amino acids, making it a popular, nutritious food in many nations across the globe. Each 1/4 cup of buckwheat is a good source of high-quality protein—6 grams—and supplies 8% of your recommended daily value of iron.
While buckwheat was commonly grown in the U.S. in the 18th and 19th centuries, the crop declined in the 20th century, before it was rediscovered as a delicious, nutritious ancient grain and exploded in popularity once more. Use buckwheat groats in any recipe that calls for whole grains and delight in the unique flavor and simple nutrients of this staple grain. Be sure to explore our collection of buckwheat recipes right here on our site, including granola, salads and more!
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