I ♥ Fagopyrum esculentum

Last week I spent time learning how to sprout buckwheat really well
(***see instructions at the end of this blog post).
I got a great source for non-GMO organic buckwheat groats – once I had sprouted the buckwheat, I then went on to dehydrate it (not necessary) so it stored longer than one day (as when not dehydrated)…

This is my beautiful big crop - they each have tiny, wee, wonderful tails - I was so proud!

Here’s some of the nice recipes I have been using them in this week – I feel great from adding this super duper food into my super duper food life…!

Chia Pudding - Chia seeds soaked in pure water then blended in a high speed blender with: cacao powder, maca, reishi mushroom, shilajit, mesquite, vanilla, coconut oil, purple corn - and topped with bee pollen and BUCKWHEAT!

Mixed salad leaves, turmeric-spiked-sauerkraut (!), hemp & pumpkin seed butter, cider vinegar, BUCKWHEAT! Simple. Yum.

Mixed nori rolls: hemp butter/avocado/baby chard/sauerkraut fillings with BUCKWHEAT (gives an nice crunch to your roll!).

3 bears porridge 😉 ... BUCKWHEAT with, nut and seed 'mylk' (or your regular milk), (Mylk: seed/nut blended, strained then blended again with mesquite & vanilla). Topped with dried and powdered violet figs. So good. This is nourishing and relaxing.

So, what do you use your buckwheat for? Post your comments and suggestions below!


  • Put 2/3 Cup of buckwheat groats* into a bowl or into your Sprouter.
  • Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70 degree) water.
  • Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all.
  • Allow seeds to Soak for 20 – 60 minutes.
  • Note: Groats take up all the water they need quickly, that is why their Soak time is so short. They get waterlogged if soaked too long, and will never sprout – so – don’t over-soak!
  • Empty the seeds into your sprouter if necessary.
  • Drain off the soak water.
  • Rinse thoroughly with cool (60-70°) water
  • Note: Groats create a starchy, gloopy, gooey water on Earth – it is amazingly thick! They won’t sprout well unless you get rid of it – so Rinse and Rinse and Rinse until the water runs clear.
  • Every Rinse is the same with Groats: Rinse and Rinse and Rinse until the water runs clear.
  • Drain thoroughly.
  • Set anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between Rinses.
  • Rinse and Drain again in 4-8 hours.
  • And, perhaps one more…
  • Rinse and Drain in 4-8 hours.
  • And, possibly one more…
  • Rinse and Drain in 4-8 hours.
  • Stop whenever they have tiny tails! I like my tails about .75cms long 😉
  • Be sure to Drain them as thoroughly as possible after that final rinse.
  • The goal during the final 8-12 hours is to minimize the surface moisture of your sprouts – they will store best in your refrigerator if they are dry to the touch. Now would be the time to dehydrate the wee sprouts… mine took around 5 hours, maybe less at 105 degrees in my Excalabur dehydrator.
  • Transfer your sprout crop to a plastic bag or the sealed container of your choice – glass is good – and put them in your refrigerator – if you can keep from eating them all first!!!
Note: Grain sprouts do not store well in refrigeration so you should try to grow just what you need or dehydrate to lengthen the lifespan of the crop.

2 thoughts on “I ♥ Fagopyrum esculentum

  1. Sinead says:

    I like to toss the sprouted buckwheat (along with some sprouted sunflower seeds) in either tamari or coconut aminos, then in nutritional yeast, then dehydrate them. Great on salad or in nori rolls (or just by the handful). So easy. So yummy.

    I also make granola-ish with them by mixing sprouted buckwheat with blended fruit (pears work well), lots of freshly grated ginger, cinnamon, numeg, black pepper, vanilla, maca, mesquite, and then dehydrating. If you use dates as part of the fruit, it tastes freakishly gingersnap-like. Sometimes I add beetroot powder too, which means that you end up with *bright pink* gingery yummyness. I call it “hot pink”.

  2. Derek Moore says:

    You will find that 10minutes is long enough to soak buckwheat. Then rinse well, then drain. They will sprout overnight in a warm place.
    The easiest way to process from start to finish is in a large muslin bag

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