Buckwheat is a plant that has small, dark seeds that are pyramid like in shape. People will celiac disease can consume buckwheat in its hulled form as it is an herb and not wheat at all.
Buckwheat sprouts are not only super delicious but really fun to sprout. They have a sweet and delicate taste and thin leaves.
When mature, buckwheat sprouts have rich red stems, and round deep green leaves. You will know they’re ready to eat when most of the hulls have fallen off.
The best way to grow buckwheat sprouts is to use a basket or tray method. They can grow to be 4-5 inches tall making them a longer variety of sprout and are usually ready to eat in 8-12 days. Make sure the buckwheat spouts seeds you buy are raw, black, organic, unhulled and for sprouting.
You can sprout using a plastic colander to mimic a basket or a bamboo basket, make sure they are free from shellac. A heavy duty, wide weave basket will allow the root systems of the buckwheat sprouts to cling on to the basket and adapt themselves to the basket allowing the seedlings to grow.
You can speed up the process and help the buckwheat sprouts grow by creating a greenhouse dome out of plastic. Simply cut the sides of a grocery bag and tuck in the ends underneath the basket to create an air bubble. This will help retain moisture, maintain temperature, and allow UW rays, as well as light.
Only disrupt the greenhouse when rinsing your buckwheat sprouts. You should rinse the buckwheat sprouts at least 2-3 a day with cold water. Try to use a shower spray. When the roots have fastened themselves to the basket or colander, you can rinse by soaking the buckwheat sprouts in a sink of cold water and even tilting them upside down to make hull removal easier.
Also make sure, during the first few days you keep your buckwheat sprouts in a shaded area. Avoid direct sunlight and make sure the temperature in the greenhouse tent doesn’t exceed 100 degrees and ruin your buckwheat sprouts.
Buckwheat sprouts are also a rich source of chlorophyll, magnesium, vitamins b (including choline and inosoitol) and c, calcium and lecithin, a fatty substance that helps the body eliminate cholesterol.
Buckwheat Sprouts Tip: In the first 5-6 days, make sure you rinse the buckwheat seeds well as the hulls are quite large and can easily develop fungus. A good thorough washing though will eliminate any potential mold.