Buckwheat (Fagopyrum Esculentum) is an annual broad leaf summer crop. Buckwheat requires a cool wet growing season to produce high quality grain.
Buckwheat (not related to wheat) is gluten free, high in magnesium and has a balanced amino acid profile. Buckwheat is also low GI, making it a very healthy alternative to commonly used gluten free flours such as rice flour, potato starch and tapioca starch.
Buckwheat is botanically a fruit and requires careful harvesting, processing and storage to ensure purity, mild flavour, optimum nutrition and high baking quality.
Bio-Oz buckwheat flour and kernels are freshly dehulled and milled ensuring a mild sweet flavour, high nutrition and optimum baking qualities.
Buckwheat Enterprises Pty Ltd (Bio-Oz) has been exporting buckwheat to Japan since the 1970's. In 1992 we built our grain facility at Parkes, central west NSW. It is designed for handling segregated deliveries of buckwheat. We dry, gravity clean and destone buckwheat in preparation for export. Our silos are all sealed and can be aerated or refrigerated. Our farmers are experienced in growing top quality buckwheat as required by the Japanese noodle market.
Our newly commissioned gluten free facility has been specially designed for buckwheat dehulling and will not be processing any gluten containing grains. Our silo storage is completely segregated to eliminate the possibility of any contamination. Our buckwheat flour and kernels are endorsed by Coeliac Australia.
Our buckwheat farmers practise Sustainable Farming. They use no-till farming methods to control weeds. Our buckwheat farmer's grain is tested each year for chemical residues. Here is a test for Chemical Residues for our farmer John Smith John Smith Chemical Residue Test.
Our 100% Australian grown buckwheat is grown using Sustainable Farming methods. Please see our Sustainable Farmers page for more information. Our buckwheat is not grown organically.
Please be aware that "Australian Certified Organic" does not necessarily mean "Product of Australia". Check your packaging to ensure you are buying Product of Australia. Read the small print.
We process a portion of our buckwheat crop for the Australian market. Our Bio-Oz Buckwheat Kernels are tested Chemical Residue Free and Gluten Free. Wholesale orders and online sales.
We mill Bio-Oz Buckwheat Flour in our gluten free, nut free mill. Our Bio-Oz Buckwheat Flour is tested Chemical Residue Free and Gluten Free. Wholesale orders and online sales.
The majority of buckwheat flour and kernels currently for sale in Australia are imported organic, mainly from China (including organic Chinese buckwheat imported into Europe and relabelled as European grown buckwheat).
Buckwheat is botanically a fruit and imported buckwheat could be many years old, affecting it's flavour and nutritional value.
Please be aware that "Australian Certified Organic" does not necessarily mean "Product of Australia". Read the small print.
Please check the packaging to ensure you are buying Product of Australia.
Buckwheat may be gluten free but contamination with gluten containing grains means the buckwheat flour or kernels produced may no longer be gluten free.
Imported buckwheat is often contaminated with gluten containing grains.
Please check the packaging to ensure the buckwheat flour or kernels you are buying are labelled as gluten free, preferably with the Coeliac Australia logo.
We are supplying many small cafes and restaurants with our buckwheat flour and kernels.
If buckwheat is on the menu please ask if they are using Bio-Oz Buckwheat to ensure you are eating gluten free, obviously check for contamination within the restaurant as well.
Coeliac Australia has information packs and helpful protocols for cafes and restaurants cooking gluten free meals within a standard kitchen.