Is Buckwheat considered a grain?

Technically, a grain is an edible dried seed, from a plant of the grass family (Poaceae, Gramineae).

Plants of the grass family that yield edible dried seeds are collectively known as cereals and the edible seed is called a cereal grain.

Common cereals include wheat, rye, oat, barley, rice, millet, finger millet, sorghum or corn (maize). They are all grasses, classified under monocotyledons.

Buckwheat is not a grain because the species that produces it (Fagopyrum esculentum), does not belong to the grass family. it belongs to the family Polygonaceae together with Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum)

Buckwheat is not a cereal, even though its seeds are edible in dried form.

It’s usually referred to as a Pseudo-cereal (meaning false cereal) or a Pseudo-grain (meaning a false grain).

Buckwheat is not related to wheat or any of the plants in the grass family.

Botanically it’s known as Fagopyrum esculentum Moench.

Author: Liz

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