Buckwheat a highly nutritious, gluten-free, triangular-shaped, grain-like seed. Even though it has “wheat” in its name, it is not related to wheat in any way.
Where to buy good buckwheat
Our favorite source for buckwheat is Azure Standard. Their buckwheat is always inexpensive and of good quality.
Different varieties of buckwheat
You can buy whole (unhulled) buckwheat, buckwheat groats (hulled), or broken groat grits (hulled). The course hull of whole buckwheat makes an unpleasant cooked cereal. I recommend buckwheat groats or grits if purchasing buckwheat.
You can also buy buckwheat flour, but be careful to read the ingredient label. Flour (and pancake mixes) labeled as buckwheat is often mostly refined wheat flour.
How to store buckwheat
Buckwheat should be stored in a cool, dry place. If storing for more than a month, it should be kept in the refrigerator or freezer.
Recipes that use buckwheat