Beyond Pancakes: Buckwheat Boasts Nutrient Arsenal

October 2004
Environmental Nutrition;Oct2004, Vol. 27 Issue 10, p8
This article discusses various issues related to buckwheat. Buckwheat is believed to have originated in China more than 1,000 years ago. Dutch colonists introduced buckwheat to North America in the 1600's, where today it is most often used in flour for pancakes. Despite its name, buckwheat isn't remotely related to wheat or any other grain. Buckwheat groats develop a pleasant nut-like flavor when roasted. These roasted kernels are called kasha. Kasha is a nutritious substitute for rice or pasta. Buckwheat is rich in complex carbohydrates and is unique in that it contains a full complement of amino acids, making it one of the best sources of protein in the plant kingdom.


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