Organic white buckwheat
Buckwheat is native to Eastern Europe, but is grown in Canada today. Also called black wheat, it looks similar to a corn cob, but is triangular in shape.
Nutritional value: Buckwheat is high in energy, rich in soluble fibre and antioxidants, and has a slightly nutty taste.
Preparation: Bring two parts water to a boil, add one part white buckwheat and simmer for 25 minutes. Keep a close eye on the cooking time because when overcooked, buckwheat becomes pasty. If this happens, sauté it in a frying pan with a bit of oil.
Serving suggestions: Here, pancakes using buckwheat flour are most commonly known. Here are some other uses:
- Substitute buckwheat for rice in a casserole.
- As a side dish for root vegetable stews.
- In a salad with garden vegetables.
Gluten info: People with gluten intolerance can eat buckwheat because it is gluten-free. When in doubt, always check with the manufacturer.