Buckwheat -- sometimes called beech wheat -- gets its name from its interestingly shaped seeds. The seeds are triangular, resembling the large seeds of the beech nut from the beech nut tree. Frequently used as a rotating cover crop on medium to large family gardens, buckwheat is an easily grown fruit seed (often mistaken as a grain) and inexpensive to buy. It must be milled, however, to use the seeds as a flour.
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Things you need
- Buckwheat hulling machine
- Bowl or bucket
Harvest the fruits (commonly referred to as grains) and let them dry completely. Wet buckwheat will not separate from the hulls.
Heat the grain for 90 minutes at 82.2 degrees Celsius (180 degrees Fahrenheit). The hulls will become brittle and come off more easily.
Pour the buckwheat into the hulling machine.
Run the two-part hulling machine to remove the hulls from the buckwheat fruits.
Retrieve hulled buckwheat from the machine.
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