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What is Buckwheat Flour?

Buckwheat Flour is flour ground from Fagopyrum esculentum, more commonly known as Buckwheat.
It has a rich, nutty flavor and a very high nutritional value, making it popular everywhere, especially in Asia. In addition, it’s gluten free. People with gluten intolerance seek it out as a flour alternative.

Buckwheat is Actually a Fruit?

Although Buckwheat is treated as a grain, Buckwheat is not a cereal or grass but actually a fruit, closely related to wild rhubarb. The grain-like fruit of Buckwheat is what is harvested and eaten after the hard outer husk has been pulled away.
The plant thrives in poor growing conditions and matures quickly, two things which make it a popular choice of crop around the world. The name “Buckwheat” comes from a Dutch word that means “Beech Wheat”

In Addition

In addition to making flour, people crack it into grouts and steam or boil them in puddings and porridge. Buckwheat is planted as a cover crop for beekeeping, since it produces a high volume of flavorful nectar. Next time you see Buckwheat Flour in your area pick up a bag and give it a try.

 

Comments

  1. CurlyGirlMom says

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. The pancakes look delicious! My family and I just made the switch from using white/AP flour to whole grain flours. I'm struggling to find good tried and true recipes that we can use. The good thing is: It's causing me to explore more options and blogs. The bad news is: It takes a lot of time!! (BTW, while I currently live in rural upstate NY, I'm originally from Marinette, WI! I miss the friendliness of WI folks, so you can be sure I'll be back to visit.) 🙂 Enjoy your day!

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