Buckwheat in Brittany

I’m sure all coeliacs will understand why I was jumping with excitement when I discovered that here in Brittany, the traditional crepe galettes are in fact GLUTEN FREE and made of buckwheat flour! Brittany is the region of buckwheat, it was introduced in the 12th Century from the Middle East and grows well on the Breton moors.

Buckwheat (or sarrasin in French) is naturally gluten free and as it’s actually a fruit seed rather than a grain, it is a fantastic plant source of protein, which is also easily digested. It contains essential amino acids and is high in fiber, low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Magnesium, Copper and Manganese. Now there’s a good reason to both enjoy the taste of a crepe AND be happy about it’s nutritional benefits!

I couldn’t believe my luck when my wonderful WOOF hosts in Brittany cooked a Buckwheat apple cake, and a buckwheat vegetable tart for dinner. Also dotted around Brittany at markets and festivals or in creperies there are buckwheat galettes available. Gluten-free travellers can enjoy crepes in France too 🙂

Organic Galettes at the Qestembert Market
Organic Galettes at the Qestembert Market
Buckwheat vegetable tart
Buckwheat vegetable tart
A gluten free cookery book in the window of a bookstore in Brittany
A gluten free cookery book in the window of a bookstore in Brittany
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2 thoughts on “Buckwheat in Brittany

    1. That’s great I hope I find some next time I’m in London! Have you heard of the gluten-free bakery in Islington? It’s called Romeo’s and does all kinds of different home baked treats.

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