Buckwheat groats are the hulled buckwheat seed. Raw groats are a pale yellow-green color and soft enough to be edible when raw. See: !!Buckwheat||tsop:buckwheat!!
Buckwheat is high in fiber and protein and a source of B vitamins (excluding B12), iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium. Buckwheat is a source of antioxidants and flavonoids; roasting to form kasha reduces antioxidant levels. The protein quality of buckwheat has been reported as superior to common cereal grains, and can lower cholesterol levels.
Keep in mind
Buckwheat is unrelated to wheat and does not naturally contain gluten. Buckwheat groats can be eaten raw, or can be soaked and rinsed to produce a soft cereal with improved protein digestibility.
May be found in
Soba noodles, gluten-free foods, kasha, raw, granola, cereal, energy bars.