How to Sprout Buckwheat

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. Selphie Tilmitt
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    Hi. I used a cup and a half to make bread with bob’s buckwheat groats but I only let them soak in the fridge for 2 hours, is that okay? Does it always need the longer hours?

  2. Laura Olson
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    Do you actually have to sprout the raw buckwheat, or if I’m in a “hurry” (making a raw recipe so hard to hurry too much, but would love it to be less than a week..) can I just soak them and rinse them a few times? How much of a nutritional difference is there?

    • Russell
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      Hey Laura, I don’t know that anyone has done any testing on how much of a nutritional difference there is, but certainly soaking them and rinsing is fine to eat.

  3. Winter
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    Hi, I was taught to soak grains, seeds, and nuts with salt and sauerkraut juice or whey. Why do you choose to use only water? Is it just for the buckwheat that you bypass the salt/kraut juice because it only needs 15 min to soak or do you have other reasons as well?

    • Russell
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      In all my years doing this I’ve never heard of soaking in salt, sauerkraut juice and whey. The reason we soak those ingredients is to get rid of enzyme inhibitors and other antinutrients. You only need water to do that.

      • kerligirl
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        Using salt or an acid like vinegar or whey helps to further break down the phytic acid. Buckwheat contains a good amount of phytase and is easily sprouted so it isnt necessary to use salt or acid in my opinion.

  4. Brooke
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    Hi Russel,
    I have some buckwheat groats that are a llight tan colour- they are not white like quinoa. Is this the right kind to sprout?
    Thanks,
    Brooke

    • Russell
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      It’ll store in the fridge pretty well, in a sealed container, washed every day for up to 5 days in my experience. Yes, it can be fully dehydrated and kept in a sealed container out of the fridge for much longer.

  5. Jenifer swan
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    I’m a little confused about the buckwheat I bought. It says it’s dried buckwheat. It’s a tesco brand. Would it normally say roasted or would dried mean the same thing?
    Great video really straightforward presentation of what to do!

  6. Norah Prince
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    I watched your video for a few tips before sprouting buckwheat and realized I have buckwheat sprouting seeds with the hulls on. I guess they will take longer to soak so will soak for 6-12 hours? I have 1/2 cup sprouts soaking in a 1/2 litre sprouting jar. Wondering if that is too much for the jar and should maybe use a sifter as in your video?

    • Russell
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      Yes, longer to soak, so 6 to 12 is good, but much longer to sprout. So you’ll need to keep rinsing and sprouting for over a week.

  7. Suy Sturm
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    I realize that cooking after sprouted (ground for pancakes?) will cancel some of the nutritional changes, but still you have a product that is more
    plant-like, maybe easier on digestion, or other benefits I would think. Makes me wonder if that is true also for brown rice, or other more traditional grains. I know in food
    combining, a sprouted grain then moves to the vegetable/plant side rather than the grain side.

  8. Diane
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    I do a lot of sprouting & I really enjoyed your video, it was very
    simple & informative.
    I just purchased a Super Seed & Ancient Grain Blend from Trader Joe’s
    & it is interesting cause it is a dried seed mixture of
    Sprouted Buckwheat, Sprouted millet, Chia Seeds, Golden Flax Seeds,
    Red Quinoa, Shelled Hemp Seed & Amaranth.
    After seeing your video, I wonder how the
    Sprouted Buckwheat in the product I just purchased has no tails?
    Can all these other seeds be eaten raw?

  9. Sherry zug
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    I sprouted millet quinoa and Buckwheat super greens from Aldie’s my buckwheat didn’t sprout but my millet and quinoa did. the buckwheat is mixed in there can I eat it anyways even though it didn’t sprout ?

    • Russell
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      It’s OK to eat even if it didn’t sprout, but as long as it doesn’t smell bad. Sometimes if you get seeds that don’t sprout after soaking and leaving for a day or two, they’ll go off.

  10. Eden Schulhauser
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    I accidentally left my buckwheat sprouting for longer than I usually do and the sprouts are quite long. Maybe 3/4 of an inch. Is that still ok to eat?

  11. Jizmoddo
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    I get sprouted buckwheat groats that are dried and come in a bag. Should I soak them before eating or can I just throw them on a salad dry? Thanks. 🙂

    • Russell
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      Technically you can throw them on a salad dry, but I 100% suggest soaking them so they’re softer and have had the enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid rinsed away, which makes them more nutritious and easier to digest.

      • Jonathan Davis
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        If Jizmoddo is buying buckwheat that is already sprouted then dehydrated back to dry, wouldn’t that obviate the necessity to soak them again to remove the anti-nutrients that have already been flushed?

        • Russell
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          Hey Jonathan, you’re right, I missed the ‘sprouted’ part of the question, thanks for pointing that out 🙂

  12. Kat
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    Do you have to cook it/bake it after sprouting? And I guess the actual sprouts don’t need to be removed? Thank you

  13. JM
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    Hi I’ve been soaking buckwheat sprouts for 3 days now and still no sprouts. I’ve rinsed often, 2-4 times a day. Today there is a weird smell. I rinsed again. My house is quite cold. What am I doing wrong?

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