Although the buckwheat is not cereal, it is considered a mill product because the way its processed is the same as the other cereals. Buckwheat is a plant which grows in hilly and mountainous areas, and only recently it started to be grown in lowland areas. Advantage of buckwheat is that it is very suitable for organic production because it does not require supplemental fertilizers, and it is resistant to disease.
Composition and nutritional properties of buckwheat are very similar to other grains. its characteristic are: high content of starch, distinctive look, it has the same level of lipids and proteins as wheat, but the composition of amino acid in buckwheat is much better balanced because its substantial share of lysine and tryptophan. In addition, buckwheat contains valuable vitamins and minerals, most notably magnesium.
This composition makes buckwheat suitable for human consumption, especially vulnerable groups of people such as the elderly, pregnant women and others.
Buckwheat is used in two basic forms. Mostly it is used in the form of flour which includes whole grain buckwheat flour made in “VEGA ADM” company, and in some parts of country buckwheat is increasingly used as a soup.
Whole grain buckwheat flour is used for baking and making special products, such as pancakes.
In order to produce the finished product, buckwheat has to go through a complicated refining process which includes:
1. Calibration of grain and extraction of impurities
“VEGA ADM” company is implementing all of these operations. Calibration of grains and extraction of impurities is performed on specially tuned aspirators. Peeling is performed on the centrifugal device for peeling, and milling is performed on a millstone.
Production of whole grain buckwheat flour in “VEGA ADM” company is carried out by the manufacturer’s specification and the quality and health safety are entrusted to the accredited institutions.
Commercial packages are:
- 500 g intended for households
- 5 kg intended for households and small bakeries
- 25 kg intended for bakeries