Buckwheat is one of the healthiest and most versatile whole grains. Buckwheat is actually the seed of a flowering fruit and is completely gluten-free, leading people with gluten intolerance to seek it out as a flour alternative. Buckwheat's well-balanced starch, protein, fat and mineral composition has found a renewed interest. Additionally, its seeds compose proportionately more starch and less fat content than fellow oil seeds, hence can be handled in a way like any other staple grains.Buckwheat (Fagopyrum Esculentum) belongs to family Polygonacy considered as pseudo cereal. Locally in Baltistan it is known as “Bro” in Balti language. There are two main varieties of Buckwheat i.e Sweet Buckwheat and bitter Buckwheat.

 

Where Found

 

Buckwheat is cultivated in high altitude valleys of Baltistan above an altitude of 6500-8300 feet. Mostly it is cultivated as second crop in hilly area of Gilgit Baltistan.According to latest research Buckwheat cultivated in hilly areas of Baltistan contain high value of nutrition as compared to other varieties.According to research the micronutrient content increase with increase in altitude.

 

Medicinal Value

 

According to the nutritional facts Buckwheat in high altitude areas of Baltistan can be used for following purpose:-

 

  • Buckwheat is naturally “GLUTEN FREE  therefore it is best for Coeliac patients (Gluten allergic or Wheat allergic)
  • Rutinin present in Buckwheat strengthen capillary walls, therefor it is also known as “Cardiovascular Friendly” grain
  • Buckwheat is a good source of magnesium which is instrumental in improving blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels
  • Buckwheat contains Selenium 25.97mg/100g which is an anti-diabetic character. So it is best for diabetic patients
  • Contain Zinc (Zn) 3.35mg/100 g. Iron and Zinc are collectively known as Immuno-nutrients. Which strengthens immune system
  • Buckwheat is also beneficial in Childhood Asthma,Gallstones,anti-Ageing and Helps Hair Growth
  • Buckwheat is considered among the best source of high-quality, easily digestible proteins.
  • 100% organic and Chemical free

 

How to Use


Sweet Buckwheat is commonly used for eating purposes. Bitter Buckwheat leaves and flowers are used for different the rapeutic products manufacturing. Buckwheat can be utilized an alternative to ordinary flour but following use are common

  • Buckwheat Bread
  • Buckwheat Roti (Mixed with ordinary flour)
  • Buckwheat Porridge
  • Gluten-Free Buckwheat  Pizza Crust
  • Buckwheat Crackers
  • Buckwheat Pancakes
  • Gluten-Free Buckwheat Muffins
  • Buckwheat Donuts
  • Buckhweat Granola

 

Certified by National and International institution Buckwheat can gainfully be used as baby food also.

 

Package

 

Cultivated and obtained from the high altitude valleys of Baltistan Buckwheat is now available in 500gm and 1kg user friendly ready to use nylon packing.

 

Buckwheat Nutrition Facts

 

 

Buckwheat, Nutritional value per 100 g. 
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Principle

Nutrient 
Value

Percentage
of RDA

Energy

343 Kcal

17%

Carbohydrates

71.50 g

55%

Protein

13.25 g

24%

Total Fat

3.40 g

17%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

10 g

26%

Vitamins

Folates (B9)

30 µg

7.5%

Niacin (B3)

7.020 mg

44%

Pantothenic acid 

1.233 mg

25%

Riboflavin (B2)

0.425 mg

33%

Thiamin (B1)

0.101 mg

8.5%

Vitamin A

0 IU

0%

Electrolytes

Sodium

1 mg

<1%

Potassium

460 mg

10%

Minerals

Calcium

18 mg

2%

Copper

1.100 mg

122%

Iron

2.20 mg

27.5%

Magnesium

231 mg

58%

Manganese

1.300 mg

56.5%

Phosphorus

347 mg

50%

Selenium

8.3 µg

15%

Zinc

2.40 mg

22%

Amino acids

Lysine

672 mg

32%

Methionine

172 mg

24%

Tryptophan

192 mg

69%