What is Buckwheat?
What we think of when we talk about buckwheat are the seeds, or groats, of the flowering buckwheat plant. Though it has "wheat" in its name, there is no relation to the wheat plant, and is actually classified as a psuedocereal. Buckwheat has been cultivated for more than 8,000 years, though in the modern era it has been replaced by corn and wheat as a staple crop.
Amazingly versatile, the seeds can be boiled and cooked like other grains, or ground into a flour and used to make a variety of foods, including soba! Used raw in baked goods like cookies or crackers, it adds texture and a signature nutty flavor. It is also very nutritious and has a high-protein content, making it a delicious choice for a healthy meal.