Buckwheat sprouts are very affordable and easy to grow. You can also grow wonderful, crisp microgreens for your salads, sandwiches, and garnishes!
Have you ever tried growing your own sprouts? It’s much simpler than it seems. If you’re new to sprouting, or would just like to try something different, buckwheat sprouts are a wonderful type to try. If you’re an experienced sprouter, but haven’t tried buckwheat sprouts yet, they will add versatility to your sprouting garden.
What are Buckwheat Sprouts?
Buckwheat isn’t actually wheat at all. The buckwheat plant is related to rhubarb and sorrel, rather than grass crops. Buckwheat plants grow stalks which hold small edible seeds. Each buckwheat seed is shaped like a tiny pyramid. When eaten, the seeds have a nutty deliciousness.
Growing Buckwheat Sprouts
Buckwheat seeds are very affordable, widely available, and sprout reliably. The buckwheat sprouts do take a bit of time to grow (approximately 10 days), but they are sturdy and last in the fridge for several weeks.
I add them in smoothies, put them on sandwiches, and mix them into salads. Buckwheat sprouts have a very mild yet fresh flavour which makes them easy to sneak into many foods for an added nutritional bonus (I honestly love these sprouts so much that sneaking them in isn’t much of an issue for me anymore).
Sprouting buckwheat is just like sprouting other sprouts or microgreens. If you’re new to sprouting, check out these instructions about how to sprout seeds.
To be honest, I prefer to grow buckwheat as microgreens rather than sprouts. I find they become established more easily in soil and are more versatile to use…but both methods are delicious!
Growing Buckwheat Sprouts into Buckwheat Microgreens
Here are instructions for growing buckwheat microgreens. It’s basically the same as growing buckwheat sprouts, except that once the seeds have started to grow little roots, you put the seeds on a tray of potting mix. Pretty similar!