Raw Buckwheat and Seed Crackers
Soak for 1 hour:
2 cups whole raw almonds
4 cups buckwheat groats (can use packaged coarse Kasha )
Buckwheat groats are gluten free seeds from a plant related to rhubarb. The outer husk is pulled away and the grain-like fruit is harvested and eaten. Buckwheat provides complete protein, including all the essential amino acids. Available from Bobs Red Mill.
Place in a bowl and soak for ½ hour:
2 ½ cups raw sesame,
1 ½ c sunflower seeds,
1 cup whole flax seeds,
½ cup chia seeds,
1 cup pumpkin seeds—
In a food processor grind:
1 cup Nutritional (Savory) yeast
¼ cup lemon juice
3 cups raw red bell peppers chopped
7 gloves garlic
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Cumin to taste or not at all
Add soaked and drained almonds and buckwheat
Process to smooth
Transfer to large bowl and add the drained soaked seeds –I sometimes process these also, not as fine as buckwheat mixture.
Mix all with 1 cup ground flax seeds or ground almond
I sometimes leave this covered overnight to allow for some fermentation. I have experimented with putting a little whey or kefir to start the fermentation process.
Spread the mixture very thin on parchment paper sheets and dry (12-18 hours in dehydrator)
Store in Airtight containers.
Warning they are addictive.
Cheers Shabari Bird
Growing Buckwheat as a Crop
- Buckwheat flour goes into pancakes and multi-grain breads.
- Buckwheat groats serve for salads, side dishes, and an alternative to rice.
- Buckwheat pieces go into porridge and multi-grain breakfast cereals.
- It is an important staple for people on special diets with total gluten intolerance.
- Buckwheat hulls are made into pillows instead of using feathers and synthetic foams.
- Excellent weed suppression through allelopathic effect, suffocation, shading.
- Grows in low to medium fertility; excellent first crop to start a rotation & recover a field.
- Thick root system will loosen up heavy clay soils for the benefit of soybeans.
- Returns numerous minerals, especially phosphorous, to the benefit of soybeans.
- Short season crop; ideal for late planting, second crop after hay, pasture or green chop.
- Low maintenance crop with no additional input costs.
- Good green manure crop; incorporate into the soil before the flowers appear.
- Watch out for volunteer buckwheat next year because of seed drop.
- Produces excessive green matter & low seed volume in presence of high nitrogen levels.
- Requires drained soil; does not tolerate water logging nor black muck.
Seed selection and seeding:
- Distinct seed is required for the conventional and organic acres; ask for details.
- Sew 40 to 50 pounds per acre, solid seeding, fine seedbed, 2 inches deep or to moisture.
- Sew about 65 pounds per acre for green manure.
- Sew in late May or early June if you can swath around Labour Day. Otherwise, seed in late June and early July to rely on a killing frost in October. Sow by July 15th.
- Pollination requires pollinators, but not necessarily honey bees.
- The plant will not die when the seed is ripe; it will continue to produce flowers.
- You cannot combine directly before dry-down because of the volume of green material.
- Waiting for a killing frost is risky: the heavy seed will fall to the ground.
- Most people will swath to control the harvesting date and preserve the grain on the plant.
- The ripe grain is low on the plant; the grain high on the plant is recent and immature.
- Watch for maturity around the 10th or 11th week. Do not wait for more seed.
- Swath when there are 10% flowers left and the first generation of seed is black.
- Swath in the morning or evening to avoid shelling; leave a stubble of 18” for drying.
- Combine about 7 to 10 days after swathing, or 2 to 3 weeks after a killing frost.
- Open the cylinders to avoid crushing the grain.
- Use enough air to blow out the chaff and the immature kernels.