What is Buckwheat?
Although commonly thought of as a grain, buckwheat actually comes from a herb plant. Buckwheat, which are triangular seeds produced by the herb plant, have a distinctive nutty flavour and can be cooked and served in a similar way to rice or also milled to make buckwheat flour.
Nutritionally, buckwheat is similar to many other grains — low in fat and a good source of carbohydrates. Two tablespoons (30g) provides only 420 kilojoules (100 calories) and one gram of fat. It's also a good source of thiamine (vitamin B1), niacin (vitamin B3), iron and magnesium, as well as being a moderate source of fibre and protein.
Despite its name, buckwheat is suitable for people who have a wheat and gluten allergy