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Used to make flour, but actually no relation of wheat, but a member of the rhubarb
family. Makes interesting pancakes when added to plain flour in a ratio of 1:3. Buckwheat is noted for being a very rich source of rutin, the bioflavonoid which is known to strengthen capillaries, prevent haemorrhoides and varicose veins and help reduce blood pressure. Sprouted buckwheat is rich in chorophyll, vitamins and enzymes.
When cooked, it's known as 'kasha' (a Russian name). See 'Alternative Medicine'; 'Enzymes'; 'Vitamins'