Not a true grain, buckwheat is a triangular seed from a fruit relative of rhubarb and sorrel, buckwheat has a nutty flavor and is sold roasted (kasha), whole grain cracked, or in unroasted groats grits or ground into flour.
An excellent source of magnesium, buckwheat is also a good source of phytosterols which may help to reduce cholesterol.
Buckwheat is gluten free.
Glycemic Index = 78
Glycemic Load = 16
Selecting and Storing Buckwheat
Buckwheat groats are the hulled, crushed kernels, which are usually cooked in a manner similar to rice. Groats come in coarse, medium and fine grinds. Kasha, which is roasted buckwheat groats, has a toastier, more nutty flavor. All can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.