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Old 11-27-2011, 10:19 AM   #21
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Oh that's interesting. I didn't know buckwheat was a fruit. Does buckwheat flour alter the taste of recipes that call for wheat flour?
It does. It has it's own flavour and it isn't a wimpy flavour like white flour ;)

I didn't realize it was gluten free. I just use it for variety. I like it for crepes, partly because it doesn't lump. I guess that's because of the lack of gluten.

Buckwheat may not be a cereal or related to wheat, but I doubt it's a fruit. A fruit is a biological gift from the plant. I think buckwheat is just seeds.
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:05 PM   #22
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Thanks, Taxlady! Do you have a recipe for buckwheat crepes? Sounds yummy!
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:05 PM   #23
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It does. It has it's own flavour and it isn't a wimpy flavour like white flour ;)

I didn't realize it was gluten free. I just use it for variety. I like it for crepes, partly because it doesn't lump. I guess that's because of the lack of gluten.

Buckwheat may not be a cereal or related to wheat, but I doubt it's a fruit. A fruit is a biological gift from the plant. I think buckwheat is just seeds.
Actually fruit tempts animals into carrying the seeds that the fruit contains, so it's not really a gift. And as I said, buckwheat IS a fruit. It is sometimes called a seudocereal to emphasize that is is not a cereal or grain. It is a dry fruit, with a seed like appearance, and it does contain a seed. Fruits like this are called achenes, and you can read about them here if you would like: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achene
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:18 PM   #24
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Fascinating info about buckwheat. Thanks for sharing this! My digestive system doesn't tolerate most grains, but my nutritionist said that buckwheat would be good for me. No wonder!
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:22 PM   #25
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Soba noodles, found in the Asian Section of the store are made from buckwheat.
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:25 PM   #26
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Yes, I find that I have to read labels carefully because some of the soba noodle products contain wheat as well as buckwheat.
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:30 PM   #27
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You could get a pasta maker and make your own soba noodles :) a pasta maker is the next kitchen gadget I'd like to purchase. I had home made ravioli at a friends and it was to die for!!! Would love to start making my own lasagna noodles, too. Fresh pasta is so much better!
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Great idea. Which pasta maker are you thinking of getting? Last night on TV I saw that one of the KitchenAid stand mixers has a pasta attachment.
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Probably just the hand crank kind that clamps onto the counter. Nothing fancy- I don't have a stand mixer. Too expensive! I'm trying to get some money in the bank for a new car so I try to keep my spending to a minimum. One of the reasons I've decided to make my own bread is because the 12 grain kind I like is so expensive! I still have a couple loaves in the freezer from the last time it was on sale that I have to use up before I want to start tho
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Actually fruit tempts animals into carrying the seeds that the fruit contains, so it's not really a gift. And as I said, buckwheat IS a fruit. It is sometimes called a seudocereal to emphasize that is is not a cereal or grain. It is a dry fruit, with a seed like appearance, and it does contain a seed. Fruits like this are called achenes, and you can read about them here if you would like: Achene - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I was using the biologist's definition of fruit. It makes all that tasty stuff just so someone will carry the seed away. It's a gift with a "catch"
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