I grew up with buckwheat in Russia. It’s amazing, but underrated in this part of the world!
You can have it for breakfast with milk, butter and sugar, as a porridge.
Or, and my favourite way – as a side/savoury dish with a little bit of butter and soy sauce. Consider it an interesting alternative to rice, pasta and couscous.
I must say, I don’t like the tiny, beige buckwheat you get in health shops/organic sections of supermarkets here in the UK. Instead, I prefer the buckwheat I grew up with, conveniently sold in boil-in-the bag format, just like rice (can definitely be found in the larger Tesco or Sainsbury’s). It seems silly to buy boil-in-bag food as it’s more expensive than its loose format, but if that’s the only way I can get my beloved full-sized, brown buckwheat. Also, apparently it’s not even a wheat, but a fruit, which makes it suitable for those on a gluten-free diet!