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Delicious versatile wheat free noodles with a rich, nutty buckwheat taste. Known as 'Juwari Soba' in Japanese, meaning 100% soba.
As buckwheat does not contain any gluten or binding agents it requires great skill and time to produce these hearty popular noodles. The grain is milled several times so that the noodles, although being wholegrain, have a delicious soft texture which absorb the flavours of the broth or dressings they are served with.
Soba noodles are often served in Japan after big parties or at the end of an evening's drinking. They are also traditionally served on the 1st January to celebrate the start of a new year with the long noodle strands symbolising a long life as well as strength and resilience both characteristics of the buckwheat plant.
Soba cooks quickly (in just over five minutes) but they are quite fragile due to the lack of gluten so require a delicate hand. They were originally served chilled with a dipping sauce, but today they are more commonly served in hot broth as a noodle soup topped with colourful and nutritious vegetables, seaweeds and sesame seeds.
Ingredients: Buckwheat flour* (100%). *Organically grown
Product weight - 200g
The Japanese, after centuries of eating noodles, have developed a deep respect for soba. Soba (the Japanese name for buckwheat) noodles are primarily made from buckwheat, the amount can actually vary from 40% to 100% and it is the buckwheat which gives the noodles their characteristic dark colour and rich, nutty flavour. The difficulty of making noodles from flour with no gluten such as the Clearspring 100% buckwheat noodles has resulted in a traditional art developed around their manufacture by hand and requires dedication and experience.
Despite its name Buckwheat is completely unrelated to wheat and contains no gluten, in fact it is related to rhubarb and sorrel. The plant gives rise to triangular seeds after a short growing season which after careful milling give rise to a silky, beige coloured flour.
100% Buckwheat Soba Noodles are:
|of which sugars:||1.1|
|of which saturates:||0.29|
|of which monounsaturates:||-|
|of which polyunsaturates:||-|
|Vitamin A:||<50 mg|
|Vitamin C:||1.4 mg|
|Cereals containing gluten*||Possible cross-contamination|
|Sulfur dioxide and sulphites*+||Absent|
|Note dietary intolerance||Nut absent in ingredient but not certified.|
* and products thereof. +(>10mg/kg or 10mg/l)
|Free of Added Alcohol||Yes|
As these noodles do not contain any gluten they are much more brittle than standard soba noodles and should be cooked gently. Add the noodles after your water has come to a boil, then add cold water to the pot periodically until cooked to avoid the noodles breaking apart. Stir- frying is not recommended.
Enjoy it hot or chilled in dashi - a shoyu soy sauce kombu broth, with a dipping sauce or in refreshing salads. Alternatively wrap it in toasted nori to make delicious noodle sushi.