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Buckwheat flour

Buckwheat is a plant from the East also called "black wheat".
It is an herbaceaous from the polygonaceous family which likes humid and tempered climate. The seed is called an "achene". it is produced in the North of Loire-Atlantique.

This flour is white and is constituted by pure sifted black wheat flour (it can be grey if it's a wholemeal flour with bran). Once baked buckwheat becomes clear grey.


Buckwheat cultivation in West of France dates back to the end of the 15th century. It was considered as the poor's flour for a long time. In the 19th century it was the number one secondary crop in the right river of the Loire.

French production is very low and buckwheat flour is imported in majority.




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