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Not related to wheat or cereal grasses. Buckwheat is related to sorrels, knotweed and rhubarb. Used to make gluten-free noodles and cereal, but can be an allergen to some people anyway. Groats can be sprouted and eaten raw as cereal. White or pink flowers with recognizable triangular buckwheat fruit. Stems sometimes red. Can make tea from triangular shaped leaves. Buckwheat helps strengthen veins, arteries and capillaries while reducing hardness.