How to Sprout Raw Buckwheat Groats


Sprouting buckwheat is easy to do and results in a healthy food. Buckwheat is packed with nutrients, including rutin, lecithin and all eight essential amino acids. Be sure that you are trying to sprout raw buckwheat groats--you can also purchase toasted buckwheat and you don't want to confuse the two. Buckwheat will sprout faster in warm weather, but you don't want to put it in direct sunlight. Once you have sprouted buckwheat groats, you can use them in cereal or granola.

Step 1

Put the groats in a colander and rinse thoroughly. Check through the groats to be sure that there are no stones or groats that look odd.

Step 2

Place the groats in a bowl and pour water into the bowl until there is about an inch of water over the groats. Allow to soak for about 15 to 60 minutes. Buckwheat groats can spoil quickly, so err on the side of caution and soak for less time.

Step 3

Rinse the soaked groats again. You may notice a slimy film that's covering the groats. You want to be sure to rinse this away. Place your hand under the colander to feel the texture of the water. When it seems to be clean, you've rinsed the groats enough.

Step 4

Place groats in between two wet cloths. Use a cotton or linen cloth. Soak the bottom cloth in water, then place the groats on the cloth in a single line. Cover the groats with an additional cloth.

Step 5

Check the cloths for dryness every 12 hours. The cloths should remain wet, so periodically check that they are still damp. If not, you can re-wet the cloth.

Step 6

Allow groats to sprout for about one to two days. When you check the cloths for dampness, you can also check to see if the groats have sprouted.

Things You'll Need

  • Buckwheat groats
  • Colander
  • Cotton or linen cloths
  • Water


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