03-28-2011, 12:32 PM
I can't find buckwheat in a form that I can sprout anywhere, but I can find wheatberries. Would bulk buckwheat flour likely be processed? And is there a difference betweeen the two for like bread recipes with dehydrator, etc? Can I substitute wheat berries for whenever it says buckwheat?
03-29-2011, 10:43 PM
I don't know about buckwheat flour, but I know that any wheat flour you buy in the store has been processed and stripped down of all the good stuff for you. Wheat consists of the bran, the germ and the starch. The germ and bran in wheat (which is the stuff that is high in nutrients) will go rancid in 72 hours after milling the wheat if not frozen or baked. So in order to package it and sell it in the stores they take out the germ and bran and leave the starch. That is what you buy if you buy whole wheat flour in a store or anywhere for that matter. So I don't know if this is the case with buckwheat or not, but if you are buying it and not milling it yourself I would bet that some processing has been done.
Having said that I have made raw bread from sprouted wheat berries, and was not that impressed. Before I went raw I was a big bread/baker, I loved to bake so of course I tried all kinds of "raw breads" from sprouted wheat berries. They all had a kind of funky sour after taste.
I know there is a taste difference between buckwheat and wheat berries. I wanted to try making something from buckwheat and ordered some from my local co-op, but when it got here they were for sprouting, as in sprouting sprouts, so the hull is still on and well that would not make good bread or granola. So I can't tell you how they taste. It seems to me that in the raw community (just my opinion) That wheat is not used that often except for wheat grass juice.
I will say that being a former bread person and after trying this and that so that I can have something to make a veggie sandwich on, that I like raw flax bread. I made some just experimenting by using apple, carrots, flax meal, a little honey, olive oil and salt and so far it is my favorite. Flexible enough to use as sandwich bread.
Sorry I got a bit lengthy, hope something in my ramble helps.
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