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While many people think that buckwheat is a cereal grain, it is actually a fruit seed. Buckwheat flowers are very fragrant and are attractive to bees that use them to produce a special, strongly flavored, dark honey.*

Buckwheat is a rich source of the amino acid lysine. It contains high levels of protein, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, B vitamins, and iron. Because of its name, many people assume that buckwheat is a type of wheat; therefore, it must contain gluten, but this isn't true. Buckwheat, in fact, isn't even remotely related to wheat. According to Wikipedia, the name 'buckwheat' comes from 'beech wheat' because of its triangular seeds, which resemble the much larger seeds of the beech nut from the beech tree, and the fact that it is used like wheat. It is actually an herb plant related to rhubarb and sorrel, bearing seeds that are used as a grain. 

Buckwheat is a very good source of manganese and a good source of copper, magnesium, dietary fiber, and phosphorus. Buckwheat contains two flavonoids with significant health-promoting actions: rutin and quercitin. The protein in buckwheat is a high quality protein, containing all eight essential amino acids, including lysine.*

* from www.whfoods.com

 

Nutrition Information

From USDA Nutrition Database

Water g 13.38
Energy kcal 402
Protein g 15.14
Total lipid (fat) g 3.72
Carbohydrate g 84.71
Fiber, total g 12
Sugars, total g 3.12
Calcium mg 49
Iron mg 4.87
Magnesium mg 301
Phosphorus mg 404
Potassium mg 692
Sodium mg 13
Zinc mg 374
Vitamin C mg 0
Thiamin mg .5
Riboflavin mg .228
Niacin mg 7.38
Vitamin B-6 mg .698
Folate, DFE g 65
Vitamin B-12 g 0
Vitamin A, RAE g 0
Vitamin A, IU IU 0
Vitamin E mg .38
Vitamin D g 0
Vitamin D IU 0
Vitamin K g 8.4

All amounts based on 1 cup flour ground from the whole groat.

 

 

Allergy Notice: Our farm uses some of the same machinery to harvest and handle corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, buckwheat and field peas.

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Last modified: July 07, 2015