Despite its name, Buckwheat is not a derivative or related to wheat and is completely Gluten Free so perfect for coeliac children and adults.
A nutritious seed
This nutritious fruit seed may look like a grain but actually related to the rhubarb and sorrel. It can be used like a cereal and is perfect as an alternative to rice and porridge.
Buckwheat flowers attract bees and give their honey a special, strong flavoured dark honey.
Why eat buckwheat whether you are Coeliac or not
Buckwheat helps to keep cholestrol low and reduce the risk of high blood pressure
- Buckwheat is a good source of dietry fibre
- Buckwheat contains a good source of magnesium (this relaxes blood vessels improving blood flow)
- Buckwheat helps to control blood sugar, reducing the risk of diabetes or nsulin dependance
- Buckwheat has antioxidant power which help to prevent disease
- Buckwheat can help to protect against hormone based cancers such as breast cancer as well as heart disease.
How often should I / my child eat Buckwheat?
Buckwheat is easily consumed as rice pudding and and porridge as well as a main meal, so can appear regularly in your child's diet. It is thought whole grains as well as buckweat and quinoa should be eaten 6 times per week.
Fibre rich fruits
Fruits richest in fibre include apples, dates, figs, pears and prunes so served with buckwheat porridge is a superb breakfast choice. A cup of buckwheat delivers 20% of the RDI for fibre for just 154 calories
Buckwheat can be milled into flour and is great for buckwheat pancakes.
Cooking with Buckwheat
Buckwheat should be rinsed before cooking, supermarket buckwheat comes already cleansed but it is worthe ensuring it is clean. The ratio for cookiing buckwheat is 1 of buckwehat to 2 of water, milk or stock etc. Add the buckwheat to the boiling liquid and return to the boil and then simmer for about 30 mins.
Buckwheat can be added to stews and casseroles, or as a replacement for cous cous. Add to cubed cucumber and tomatoes, dash of lemon juice and serve as cool salad
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