Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Grain of the Week - 8 - Buckwheat Groats

I had started using buckwheat pancake mix long before I knew what buck wheat was. I also saw buck wheat advertised as gluten free and got a bit confused. Buckwheat is not wheat and is not related to wheat. Buckwheat is gluten free and the flour is used to make gluten free pancakes,cakes, cookies and noodles.

In the whole grain form the buckwheat is referred to as groats and is slightly greenish in color. The ones that are darker brown in color are toasted buckwheat called kasha.

Buckwheat is also a starchy grain and can be used as a substitute to rice. With a fairly low glycemic index it can also help to control sugar in the diet.

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