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How to Sprout Buckwheat and Its Uses [Video]

There’s really no rocket science to growing buckwheat sprouts – you just soak and sprout, as easy as that! Believe me, sprouted buckwheat will become one of your pantry essentials.

What is sprouted buckwheat anyway? It’s when you take raw buckwheat groats, soak them and let the sprouts grow. Basically you’re sprouting buckwheat seeds that would grow into new plant on the field.

Sprouted Buckwheat aka How to Sprout Buckwheat

Benefits of sprouted buckwheat

Like all other grains, nuts and seeds, also buckwheat contains enzyme inhibitors that interrupt with vitamin and mineral absorption and cause digestive ailments. Therefore, at least soaking is required to make them more digestible.

Sprouting however, takes you to a completely new level as sprouts use the starches to grow, hence decreasing the glycemic load of buckwheat or any other grain. Therefore making them beneficial for anyone struggling with Candida overgrowth or blood sugar fluctuations.

More benefits:

  • Buckwheat is one of the most complete sources of protein on the planet, containing all eight essential amino acids.
  • The sprouts cleanse colon.
  • Sprouting turns buckwheat from acidic to alkalizing.
  • It is also rich in lecithin, making it a wonderful cholesterol balancer.
  • The sprouts are high in bioflavonoids and co-enzyme Q10.
  • It also contains the B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, and selenium.
  • Great addition to vegan Candida diet.
Sprouted Buckwheat aka How to Sprout Buckwheat

How to eat sprouted buckwheat

You’ll see that the sprouts are such versatile ingredients and have many uses! I’m sure you’ll even come up with your own recipes.

In short, you can use them in any recipe that uses soaked buckwheat. Just don’t let the sprouts grow too long – a few millimetres is good to substitute soaked groats.

Here are my favourite ways to use and eat them:

As you can see, there are many recipes to choose from. You definitely should not get bored, tired or be out of ideas when it comes to using up a batch of sprouts.

Let me know in comments whether you have tried sprouting buckwheat or any other grains/legumes before! I’d love to hear from you!

How to Sprout Buckwheat

Time needed: 18 hours.

There’s really no rocket science to growing buckwheat sprouts – you just soak and sprout, as easy as that! Believe me, sprouted buckwheat will become one of your pantry essentials.

  1. Take any amount of raw organic buckwheat groats.

    Make sure the groats indeed are raw and not roasted or toasted. They should be of light green colour.

  2. Next, place the buckwheat groats into a bowl or jar and fill it with water.

    Add acidic medium (apple cider vinegar or lemon juice) to help neutralize enzyme inhibitors. Rule of thumb is 2 tablespoons acidic medium per every cup of dry buckwheat.

  3. Soak buckwheat groats for at least 6 hours for nutritional benefits.

    Then drain and rinse them well.

  4. Next, place them (in a sieve) on a bowl bigger than the sieve.

    Cover with clean and slightly damp folded kitchen cloth. Keep them at room temperature. Rinse them about 2-3 times a day as they can get slimy.

  5. Wait for the sprouts to emerge.

    The sprouts will be with ideal length in 24 hours, but already usable in 12 hours.

  6. Dehydrate (optional)

    Let them dry on a plate or put them in warm oven or dehydrator for quicker dehydration.

Nutritional info per 100g (3.5oz): 343 kcal, 71.5g carbohydrates, 3.4g fats, 13.3g protein, 10g fibre, and 1mg sodium.

Tips on growing buckwheat sprouts:

  • If time is of essence, use quick sprouting, i.e. soak buckwheat groats for just 20-30 minutes before putting them to sprout.
  • Don’t leave too big quantity in a sieve, if you’re not able to rinse it often as it can develop mould.

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How to grow and use sprouted buckwheat
How to grow and use sprouted buckwheat

4 Comments

  1. Stephanie

    How long is sprouted buckwheat good for if not dehydrated? How long is dehydrated buckwheat good for?

    • Hi! In fridge in a sealed container for up to 4 days. If properly dehydrated (dry through and through), it should keep as long as dried groats. To be on the safe side, I still put them in fridge.

  2. David Lawson

    Will These work in the fermented groats recipe, or will the yeasts be rinsed off?

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