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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.