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Buckwheat Sprouts - Nutritional Facts and Recipe
Sprouting takes a nut or seed that is dormant and brings it to life. You can watch as a food that has been sitting in a bag on a shelf for months begins to grow a little sprout and transforms. One of the easiest foods to sprout is buckwheat. Buckwheat becomes packed with live enzymes and vital nutrients when sprouted.
Sprouted buckwheat is an amazing food because it tastes like a grain but is actually gluten and wheat free and not a grain at all. It is one of the most complete sources of protein on the planet, containing all eight essential amino acids. This makes it perfect for diabetics and those who want to cut down on their sugary carbohydrates and to balance their blood sugar levels. It is also known to lower high blood pressure.
Sprouted buckwheat also cleanses the colon and alkalizes the body. Buckwheat is a wonderful super food for people who have varicose veins or hardening of the arteries. One of the reasons is that it is full of rutin, which is a compound that is known as a powerful capillary wall strengthener. When veins become weak, blood and fluids accumulate and leak into nearby tissues, which may cause varicose veins or hemorrhoids.
This healing food is also rich in lecithin, making it a wonderful cholesterol balancer because lecithin soaks up "bad" cholesterol and prevents it from being absorbed. Lecithin neutralizes toxins and purifies the lymphatic system, taking some of the load off of the liver. Sprouted buckwheat is also a brain boosting super food. 28% of the brain is actually made up of lecithin. Research suggests that regularly consuming foods rich in lecithin may actually prevent anxiety, depression, brain fog, mental fatigue and generally make the brain sharper and clearer.
Buckwheat is high in iron so it is a good blood builder. It also prevents osteoporosis because of its high boron and calcium levels. Sprouted buckwheat is high in bio-flavonoids and co-enzyme Q10. It contains all of the B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, and selenium, as well as many other health giving compounds.
How to Sprout Buckwheat
Place 1 1/2 Cups of buckwheat groats into a bowl and cover it with 2- 3 times as much room temperature water. Mix the seeds up so that none are floating on the top. Allow the seeds to soak for about an hour. Drain the water in a colander and let them stand, rinsing 3 times per day with cool water for 2 days. You will notice a gooey substance on the buckwheat, which is starch. Make sure that you wash this off thoroughly. Sprouts will form after a day or two.
Sprouted Buckwheat Breakfast Cereal
2 cups of sprouted buckwheat
1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder
1 cup of chopped seasonal fruit (apple, orange, banana etc)
1/2 cup raisins
1 or 2 tablespoons of honey to taste
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and serve chilled.
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love buckwheat sprouts. but i have heard if you let them grow into greens it is toxic?!
I love buckwheat grouts! I put mine in a nut milk bag, soak overnight in a large bowl, then rinse and drain a few times a day until the little tails appear. The bag makes it so easy to really give them a good rinse to get the gooey stuff off.
Sometimes I use them with just with an overnight soak and good rinse. Then, as per Ani's Raw Food Kitchen by Ani Phyo, I dehydrate them for a crunchy cereal. I do so much with them and have ideas for lots more goodies using buckwheat.
Dawn-Michelle, I keep mine in the colander and rinse several times/day. After a day or two, they will grow little tails. They almost have the shape of little hershey kisses with the little flag flying....
I love to dehydrate mine and have them on breakfast "cereal". I also love them in granola!!!
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I was sprouting sunflowers seeds as well as buckwheat so I just let them both soak overnight. Rinsing the buckwheat sprouts today i noticed that the buckwheat was mostly just all broken up into little pieces not whole.
Would this be because I soaked them overnight instead of for just an hour or so? Or is this what normally happens?
I am wondering if they will still sprout! I am leaving them in a nut mylk bag. ( i have run out of jars)
It is to make granola with.
I believe kasha has been toasted.
phil "greengo"greenberg said:
is this the same thing as kasha -