Buckwheat flour is a gluten free, versatile and nutritious ingredient that will add unique flavour and texture to your bakes. It is an excellent replacement for wheat flour and can be used in a wide range of recipes, including pancakes and noodles.
What is Buckwheat?
Buckwheat flour is made from the seeds of the buckwheat plant (fagopyrum esculentum). Despite its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat and is actually a pseudocereal, meaning it is a grain-like seed that is consumed in a similar way to cereals.
Buckwheat flour has a distinct flavor that is nutty, earthy and slightly bitter. It has a grayish or light brown color, and the texture can vary depending on the milling process. It is commonly used in many cuisines around the world, especially in Eastern Europe and Asia.
Is Buckwheat Gluten Free?
One of the notable characteristics of buckwheat flour is that it is a gluten free, making it a popular alternative for individuals with gluten intolerance or celiac disease.
Our Buckwheat Flour is certified as gluten free. However, it is important to note that if you buy buckwheat flour from other companies, it may have been processed in facilities that also handle wheat. This means cross-contamination could occur. If you have a severe gluten allergy, it’s recommended to look for certified gluten free buckwheat flour.
Buckwheat Flour Uses
In cooking and baking, buckwheat flour can be used as a standalone ingredient or combined with other flours to enhance the flavour and texture of various recipes.
It is commonly used to make pancakes, crepes, noodles, bread and muffins. The distinctive flavor of buckwheat flour makes it a favourite choice for dishes like soba noodles in Japanese cuisine and blinis in Russian cuisine.
It can be used in virtually any recipe that calls for wheat flour.
From a nutritional standpoint, buckwheat flour is rich in fibre, protein and essential minerals such as magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. It also contains antioxidants and various bioactive compounds that have been associated with potential health benefits, including improved blood sugar control and heart health.
Whether you’re looking for a gluten-free alternative or simply want to explore new culinary possibilities, our Australian grown buckwheat flour can be a great addition to your pantry.