Buckwheat is neither a cereal grain nor related to the wheat. It is, in fact, a dicotyledon seed but treated in a similar way as any other common cereal grains. Buckwheat's well-balanced starch, protein, fat and mineral composition has found a renewed interest, particularly among the health-freaks.
Unhulled buckwheat is buckwheat that still has a hull covering a dark, triangular-shaped shell, which in turn covers the actual seed at the centre.
The hull is very tough. Even after soaking and boiling, Unhulled buckwheat is too chewy for most peoples tastes. It can be ground into a dark buckwheat flour that will be greyish, with minute black specks in it. Because of the hull still in it, unhulled buckwheat flour will be stronger tasting and darker than flour ground from hulled buckwheat. Unhulled buckwheat can also be used to grow greens called variously œBuckwheat Lettuce, œBuckwheat Grass or œBuckwheat Greens. These greens can be used for salads, sandwiches or juicing.
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