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Buckwheat isn't as basic food in Poland as potatoes or bread, but nevertheless very popular. I was quite surprised that I can't find it anywhere in Germany (Nuremberg, Bavaria) in shops like Aldi, Lidl or Norma. In Poland it's available in practically every food shop.

Is buckwheat available in food shops in Germany? If so, in which ones?

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    Buckwheat is G-Free, so quite popular with people who can't eat gluten. As such, in the UK you can find it in healthfood shops, and in "free-from" areas in supermarkets, have you tried those in Germany? – Gagravarr Mar 17 '14 at 21:05
  • I must try if I find one. – user41 Mar 17 '14 at 21:30
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    Also, the brands you mentioned are all discounters. Edeka, REWE or Kaufland are more likely to carry it. – Gala Mar 18 '14 at 6:05
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    DM usually carries stuff like that (it should be near the granola). Discounters definitely won't carry specialty items unless they are doing a special offer. – Tim Seguine Mar 19 '14 at 10:58
  • Last edit has changed the sense of the question. It doesn't have to be polish buckwheat. It may be any buckwheat :) – user41 Mar 19 '14 at 13:51
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I would look at some organic stores (Bioladen or Reformhaus), they should definitely have it. The German name is “Buchweizen”.

Alternatively you can order it online.

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You should try to search for Turkish or Russian grocery stores in your neighborhood, both of them usually sell ingredients for other Eastern-European and Mediterranean food, and (especially Turkish shops) are usually quite common in the whole country. For example while I was in Bochum, NRW I frequented a shop called SMAK. While I cannot say much about Nürnberg, a quick search showed me a Russian supermarket you might want to check.

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As others said, best chances to find Buchweizen (german for buckwheat) or Buchweizenmehl (the flour) are in so-called “bio” (organic) supermarkets (denn’s, Alnatura, Bio Company, LPG-Biomarkt in Berlin…), Reformhaus, Vitalia, the food section of dm drugstores, or the organic/bio sections of non-discount markets like Rewe, Kaisers, and Edeka (“Gut & Gerne” organic brand).

Some common brands:

Turkish markets like eurogida should stock them too, in bigger cities like Berlin there are even specialized Polish shops.

There are some online maps for gluten free food which list markets which are likely to stock buckwheat in Germany:

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I don't know Norma, but both Lidl and Aldi are usually cheaper because, among other things, they keep a more limited stock (as in, just one brand of orange juice, just enough chicken for the day, and so on).

Perhaps you could try a larger chain, such as Kaufland or Real.

  • Norma is a discounter too, as mentioned in other comments/answers. – Gala Mar 19 '14 at 10:53

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