Ingredient Spotlight: Buckwheat
A bit of a misnomer, "buckwheat" is not related to wheat at all and is actually gluten free. This superfood is a fruit- not grain- of a plant in the rhubard family. The entire buckwheat kernel is called a "groat". Buckwheat is often produced under the name "kasha"- kasha is simply the hulled, roasted buckwheat groat.
Buckwheat is a highly healthful option packed with vitamins and minerals. Most notably, buckwheat is a rich source of rutin, a flavonoid that acts as an antioxidant. Rutin assists in strengthening capillary walls and is beneficial to circulation and preventing high blood pressure. Buckwheat is also high in fiber, copper and magnesium and is an excellent protein source with all 8 essential amino acids.
Buckwheat/Kasha has a nutty, smoky flavor that is delicious cooked into pastas or served in a grain salad. When ground into flour, buckwheat makes incredible pancakes or can be utilized for making blinis. Honey produced from buckwheat flower pollen is strong in flavor and beneficial for allergy treatment if sourced locally.
Enjoy this ingredient in our Chicken Breasts with Chard, Buckwheat and Feta. Now that we've covered Buckwheat, stay tuned for a spotlight on Alfalfa Sprouts...