When allowed to grow into young plants to be eaten as greens, unhulled buckwheat seeds are called variously “Buckwheat Lettuce”, “Buckwheat Grass” or “Buckwheat Greens.”
They have a mild flavour.
Soak the unhulled seeds for 8 to 12 hours. Drain off the soaking water, and rinse thoroughly.
- Set at room temperature out of direct sunlight.
- After another 8 to 12 hours, rinse again.
- Continue resting and rinsing until some small roots of about ¼ inch have appeared (may take 2 or 3 cycles of rinsing and draining), then plant in a growing medium. Plant as well the ones that haven’t developed roots yet.
- Once planted, mist the sprouts once or twice a day.
- When they have roots that have grown down into the planting medium, switch from misting to watering lightly to keep the planting medium moist.
- In about 4 days, they will be a few inches tall.
- At this point move into sunlight. You may need to water lightly daily now.
- When the green stalks are approaching 4 inches (10 cm) tall, you can start harvesting by clipping the stalks.
- Sometimes you may get a second, smaller harvest off the same seeds.
Store Buckwheat grass in a plastic bag inside the fridge.