|Hey! Let’s give it up for this relative of the rhubarb plant. That’s right. Despite the name these triangular-shaped groats have no relationship at all to wheat, but are the dried and split kernels of an herb related to rhubarb.Buckwheat is high in fiber (twelve grams of fiber per cup) and low in calories and fat. It is also rich in lysine, an amino acid not present in most grains. And it’s even gluten free! Buckwheat contains the bioflavonoid rutin which is thought to strengthen blood vessels and inhibit hemorrhage. So be sure you’ve had some soba before a vampire comes down on your neck,The word “soba” actually means Japanese buckwheat noodle so using soba and buckwheat noodle (like soba buckwheat noodle) in the same phrase is redundant. No matter what you call them, they’re tasty and versatile.
Soba noodles are typically made with part wheat flour and part buckwheat flour, but one can purchase 100% soba which means there is no wheat in the noodle, just buckwheat. The 100% guys are definitely heartier and have a coarser texture than the versions made with wheat.
Here are three of our favorite dishes using soba buckwheat noodles. One of our favorite viewer comments ever came from Tomena who wrote, “Yum…LOVE your site. My kids and I always watch your web show (I have 5 under 10). My little girl calls Yaki Soba…Yucky Sofa. Thanks!”
|Vegetable Yaki Soba is one of my go-to meals when I can’t think of anything to make. It’s easy. It’s inexpensive. Young and old love this one-dish meal. Maybe Doris would like it too. To print recipe, click here.||Buckwheat (soba) noodles, sesame seeds and fresh vegetables are tossed with a strong sesame dressing. To make the meal complete add grilled steak strips or fried tofu. To print recipe, click here.||A beautiful composed salad with soba noodles, fried tofu, blanched edamame, fresh cabbage and carrots with a zippy Asian dressing. You’ll want more. To print recipe, click here.|