December is a time for family and holiday cheer. Depending on where you live it’s also a time for cold, snow and indoor hibernation.
And Buckwheat Month!
At least according to the Oldways Whole Grains Council. A few years ago the Council featured a different whole grain each month. December got buckwheat.
Let’s start by clearing up one thing: Buckwheat isn’t a kind of wheat. It’s not even a real cereal grain. It’s a seed that’s used as a grain.
Now on to a bit of trivia:
You’re probably most familiar with the mature form of the buckwheat seed, which is dark brown, sometimes almost black. But the immature fruit may be either red or green. … Christmas colors, which makes celebrating buckwheat in December even more appropriate!
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No part of the plant has to go to waste:
Buckwheat is also a very nutritious pseudo-cereal:
Buckwheat has even had a story written about it. By none other than the master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. It’s called—quite appropriately—The Buckwheat.
Scroll down for some ideas on celebrating this tasty & nutritious holiday.
If it’s a food month, you eat the food!
And with buckwheat that may be even easier than you think. Because you can have buckwheat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner … and no, you won’t be eating cereal for all your meals.
Sure, breakfast can be a bowl of cooked toasted kasha, but you could also make pancakes or crepes with buckwheat flour. Use soba noodles or another buckwheat pasta to make lunch or dinner. Or make a pilaf using buckwheat groats.
So try some of these recipes:
You might also make plans to go to the annual Preston County Buckwheat Festival. But you’ll have to go next year, because it’s apparently held in late September/early October. The fair includes a carnival, arts & crafts, livestock, and shows. Of course there’s also food, including buckwheat cakes! Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a recipe.