ORGANIC BUCKWHEAT, roasted (Kasha)
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Production: hulled and toasted, whole kernel
Despite the name, Buckwheat is not a wheat (grass family) or cereal but a seed fro
m a flowering plant related to Rhubarb. This ancient seed has a distinct, tetrahedral shape and was domesticated and first cultivated in Asia as early as 6000BC. It was one of the earliest crops introduced by Europeans to North America. Buckwheat is a short-season crop that does well on low-fertility or acidic soils and is commonly used as a green manure,
Qualities: Buckwheat is naturally gluten free and an important source of high-quality plant protein which contains all eight essential amino acids as well as Alpha-Linolenic Acid, which is one of the two essential fatty acids. It is also high in lysine, B vitamins as well as minerals such as phosphorus and magnesium (build strong bones and teeth), iron, zinc, and copper (produce red blood cells) and manganese (helps stabilize blood sugar). Its high content of both soluble and insoluble fiber may aid in keeping blood sugar levels balanced and lowering cholesterol levels.
Common use: Cooked, it serves as a traditional dish in many different cultures or as an ingredient in breakfast cereals, soups, and energy bars. To cook, do not presoak - just rinse first and bring two parts water to one part kernels to a boil, add kasha and simmer 5 - 10 minutes or until at desired texture. Drain in a colander or let extra moisture steam off.
Storage: keeps well in a sealed container in a cool, dry, and dark location
Disclaimer: this information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the FDA or CFIA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens. Even though this product has been grown, cleaned and packaged with the utmost care, please be aware that impurities may occur.