9 reasons why you should insert it into your menu
- It is rich in dietary fiber.
- Contains eight essential amino acids.
- Rich in minerals: phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese.
- Rich in flavonoids.
- Reduces sugar level in the blood, therefore it is favorable for diabetics.
- Reduces high blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Contains no gluten, therefore those who are allergic can use it too.
- Maintains the health of the cardiovascular system.
- Reduces the risk of cancer.
*Buckwheat originates from Asia.
*It was being cultivated in China from 10 – 13th century, afterwards, it spread to Europe and Russia and later to America.
*Nowadays, it is most popular in Russia and Poland, where plays a significant role in the traditional cuisine. * It is used big time in USA, Canada and France – a country known by “krepr” – pancakes made of buckwheat flour.
*Although buckwheat is thought to be a cereal, it is not so.
*In the culinary, buckwheat is considered a cereal because of it nutritional value but it actually botanically belongs to the category of vegetables and it is sometimes placed in the category of fruits.
*Buckwheat seeds are similar in size with wheat seeds and have a unique triangular shape.
*Buckwheat flowers are very aromatic because of which bees are attracted to them and use them for making a special dark colored honey which has an intense odor and specific medicinal properties.
*Buckwheat is often used as a substitute for rice, or it is prepared as porridge.
*Buckwheat does not contain gluten and that is what makes it favorable for those allergic to it.
*Buckwheat flour is also in use, it can have a darker or a lighter color. The darker flour contains more nutrients.
*Buckwheat flour is used for making pancakes, which are a real delicacy.