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How To Sprout Buckwheat

POSTED MONDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 2014

40 COMMENTS

I get asked about sprouting buckwheat quite a lot: how to do it, how long to soak and sprout it and whether to measure the buckwheat in a raw food recipe before or after it’s sprouted.

I’ve answered all those questions and given you the full, easy method in this video.




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  1. Connie
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    Firstly, I’d like to say that I’m well pleased that I’ve come across your website – luv the idea of turning into a Raw Foodie as the food Really looks delic!. Anyway Russell could you tell me how to turn Raw Buckwheat into flour please – I have read that you just grind the buckwheat after a 15m soak – is this correct? I wish to soak and prepare some steel cut oats for breakfast and have now read that an acid soak is not strong enough to break down phytic acid in the oats (oats being low in phytase ) and that another source of phytase is required to assist phytic acid breakdown. Hence my question as I wish to add a small amt of flour to the soaking process of steel cut oats.

  2. BettyKarslake
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    Russell,
    Your sprouting buckwheat info is fantastic. I would like to take the sprouted groats and make a granola with them. How could I go about doing that? Would a dehydrator work?

    • Russell
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      Yes, mix your sprouted buckwheat seeds with date paste, raisins, cinnamon, apple and maybe some pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Then dehydrate for 8 to 12 hours.

    • Russell
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      Yes, mix your sprouted buckwheat seeds with date paste, raisins, cinnamon, apple and maybe some pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Then dehydrate for 8 to 12 hours.

  3. heidi
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    Hi Russell,
    I just found your great website! My question is that I’ve tried to sprout buckwheat for a few times. After about 24hrs I notice that my buckwheats are starting to grow a tail but they also look like they are going bad the same time. They look like they are growing mould. Am I imagining this or are they sensitive to this kind thing? What am I doing wrong? I try not to water them too much either. I only have experience of sprouting alfa alfa and that’s super easy.
    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Russell
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      I think I mention this issue in the video actually :)

      If your sprouts get too dry, they grow micro roots off of the root itself. This is to try and get more of the water from their environment. These are so small that they look like a light mould, but they’re not. I suspect this is what is happening, since you said you try not to water them too much.

      Soak for 15 mins, then give a really good rinse twice a day and you probably won’t see those fuzzy roots.

  4. sid
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    thanks for the video. i get buckwheat groats from my local store in bulk (raw) and eat them as is without sprouting them. i enjoy the taste and texture. are there any nutritional benefits to sprouting them as opposed to eating them as stated?

    • Russell
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      Yes, definitely. By sprouting you are improving the overall nutritional quality if the seed. For example, the animo acids are increased and the fibre is easier to break down, aiding digestion by binding to fats and toxins. EFAs are increased, as are the overall vitamin content.

      I also personally look at it as eating something that is dormant, Vs eating something that is coming alive.

  5. Lucy
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    Hi Russell!

    When I was living in the US I used to buy what I thought was sprouted buckwheat and use it like a cereal with almond milk. .Can yours be used in the same way? Also, once sprouting complete how long does it stay good for and does it need to be kept in the fridge? The one I bought in US was dried so that it could be kept out of the fridge… I’m thinking they used a different proces…

    Thanks!

    Lucy

    • Russell
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      Yes, it can be used the same way.

      If it’s completely dehydrated it will be able to be kept in an airtight container outside of the fridge, yes. If it’s not dehydrated, then keep it in the fridge, washing every day or so for about a week.

  6. Megan
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    This is a great video, so glad I found it, and thanks so much! The kids and I will be doing this tomorrow! We’re a vegan family trying to move to higher and higher raw foods. :) One question: what’s the best way to store the sprouted groats, and how long do they keep? Many thanks, we’ll be back!

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  12. Madhurya
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    Russell, I had read that it was best to get rid of the gelatinous phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors, a soapy like substance that protects the groats from being eaten before they are ready to sprout in the wild, and which is particularly hard for humans to digest. My understanding was that this was one of the reasons one would sprout all nuts and seeds…could you please comment? Thanks. PS I love your recipes!

      • Madhurya
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        Though it is a real pain to soak and rinse the buckwheat groats repeatedly until the soap suds are gone…and then sprout, I was afraid this is what it took to get rid of the nasty enzyme inhibitors. Does your 15 minute soak with no rinsing accomplish the same thing (as they do sprout)? Could you explain…many thanks in advance.

  13. Brandie Britt
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    I am so excited! I just got my first raw buckwheat groats yesterday, and my son and I watched this video… and we put out buckwhweat to sprout yesterday evening – Now they are all with the little ‘tails’! It’s so amazing. I, too, never thought it was so easy! Thanks :)

    • Russell James
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      Hi Brandie, that’s so cute, thank you for this.

      I just love the thought of you teaching your son some empowering, healthy habits and the excitement of seeing your first sprouts grow.

      Loved it! :)

  14. Sheila Hasley
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    Thanks Russell. I attempted to sprout buckwheat groats and was disappointed. Thanks to you I now recognize that I over soaked the buckwheat. I most definitely will try it again

    Sheila

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