Buckwheat…what exactly is it?

This past week at the farm I found out that someone was worried about purchasing some of my baked goods because there was buckwheat flour listed as an ingredient and therefore “they contain gluten”…??

I know many of you already know this but for those of you recently diagnosed with a gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, it is understandable that you may not have had a chance to investigate this foodstuff, which is not even a grain.

This is what it IS: A seed that can be ground into a flour. A member of the rhubarb family.

This is what it is NOT: It is NOT a cereal or grain. It is NOT related to wheat. It does NOT contain gluten.

I love buckwheat because it’s high starch content makes it a wonderful addition to gluten-free baked goods as does it’s earthy flavor.

Hooray for us who need to avoid gluten!

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