As it is really hard to find unique food items here in St John’s, I recently ordered a bag of buckwheat groats (also known as Sarrasin, I discovered, which is a much prettier name). They came in the mail yesterday and I am really pleased with them so far! I’ve used buckwheat flour many, many times, particularly for pancakes and soba noodles, but I had only seen the unprocessed kernels of the plant online.
First I have to tell you that they are adorable. As a “pseudocereal” the buckwheat plant is not actually related to wheat, and is safe for gluten free diets. The groats are really popular in Eastern Europe and Asia, but not so much here in Canada outside of specialty diets. The kernels are little triangular pyramid-shapes, and are crunchy and nice to eat on their own.
I haven’t tried incorporating the groats into any recipes yet so I am looking forward to doing that this weekend. I hear they make a nice addition in granola, in baking, and as a sort of cereal. I’ll have to report back my findings!
This particular bag, from Eden Organic, cost a little over $5 Canadian, and shipped free from Amazon. It took about a week to get here. As the kernels are quite small I think this sized bag is a pretty good deal for the price.