It looks like a grainy cereal, it sounds like some kind of wheat – but surprisingly enough, buckwheat is none of those. It is actually the seed of a fruit. In fact, buckwheat is not related to wheat at all, it comes from the sorrel, knotweed and rhubarb family.
Buckwheat has been a popular staple for thousands of years. There are remains found in China and Japan that go back to 4000 BC. This is around the same time it was documented in Europe as well. Some believe domestication and cultivation of buckwheat might go all the way back to 6000 BC!
One of the distinguishing features of buckwheat is that it does not contain any gluten, making it a great alternative for people who are intolerant. It has a high protein content, has all essential amino acids and is especially high in Lysine, Tryptophan and Arginine.
To activate buckwheat, we soak it, wash and rinse it, then dehydrate it at low temperatures (under 40 degrees celcius). This allows for easier digestion and greater absorption of nutrients.
Plain Buckinis have no flavouring and are simply activated buckwheat.
How to use
Buckwheat is a great alternative or addition to any rice, wheat or pasta type dishes, it’s great in soups and can also be used to make biscuits and cakes.
It’s great for breakfast or as a snack at anytime - serve with your favourite milk, fresh fruits, berries, nuts, superfoods and seeds for added nutrition.
Buckwheat alkalises our bodies, unlike other breakfast cereal bases such as oats, rice and wheat, which are acid forming in the body. Buckwheat is a rich source of protein, rutin and manganese.
Buckwheat is a great source of minerals like Zinc, Iron, Copper, Manganese and B Vitamins, and is also low in fat. The little fat that it does contain is mostly monounsaturated which is the kind that makes olive oil good for the heart. The Magnesium also helps improve blood circulation and decreases blood pressure.
Buckwheat has a lot of heart-healthy soluble fibre which helps reduce cholesterol, and also contains resistant starch, which boosts colon health and controls blood sugar levels.
The flavonoids in buckwheat, Quercitin and Rutin, have healing and antioxidant properties.
About Loving Earth
Loving Earth is a Melbourne based company dedicated to sourcing and manufacturing the highest quality organic, fairly traded and wild crafted functional foods available. We work with small producer communities around the world to provide healthy, sustainable & fair ingredients, which we use to handcraft our unique range of raw chocolate bars and superfood snacks.
Having established long-term relationships with several indigenous cooperatives, our aim is to help them add as much value as possible to their raw products at the point of origin.
Loving Earth is based on the philosophy that the earth is a living organism, a concept that James Lovelock popularised with his “Gaia theory”. The very same idea is at the heart of many indigenous cultures around the world. This philosophy creates an immense respect for our environment as well as our own physical bodies as part of that environment.
Eating foods in their pure, minimally processed states, foods that are grown organically in a sustainable way, is one of the most significant ways in which we can live this philosophy. Not only are we nurturing our own health and wellbeing but we are also nurturing the health and wellbeing of our planet.
These are the 3 fundamental principles of Loving Earth and define the strict criteria which we use to source and develop all of our products:
They are sugar, dairy and gluten free.
Are minimally processed, with low temperatures where possible.
There are no artificial additives to any of the products.
Our focus is to source and develop products that are in their optimal nutritional state.
Produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides and herbicides.
Cultivated in such a way as to help restore native ecosystems, prevent erosion and support water conservation.
Use traditional permaculture systems and where possible are shade grown using native canopy species.
Are produced according to Fair Trade standards, that involve producers and workers being paid not only a fair price, but also being empowered with the skills and infrastructure to add as much value to the raw products as possible.
Create healthy environments in which producers and their families live and work.
Re-invest in community infrastructure such as educational, health and other essential services.
A key part of our mission at Loving Earth is to source products from the Indigenous communities where they originated. This supports these unique and special indigenous communities in maintaining their cultural integrity. Most of the functional foods that we source have played a central role in the cultural heritage of the indigenous communities that have cultivated and/or harvested them from the wild ecosystems in which they live.
They are foods that have held special sacred significance for these indigenous cultures due to their life enhancing qualities. By sourcing these products from the indigenous communities that have cultivated them for thousands of years, we provide an environmentally sustainable source of income that also maintains the rituals and way of life that often revolves around the production of these products.
Loving Earth supports the conscious consumer movement by sourcing products that are produced according to specific environmental and social standards. Where possible we work directly with indigenous grower associations around the world and our goal is to inform end consumers of the environmental, social and cultural context in which the products are produced.
We are also working to go beyond the conventional Fair Trade system by empowering indigenous communities to add as much value as possible to their raw materials at the point of origin. This means more money and power is put back into these communities.
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