I'm interested in buckwheat. What is it, what are the common uses, and why are there so many recipies (relatively speaking) for buckwheat pancakes? What does the buckwheat do to a pancake that makes it particularly well suited for that item?
Does it have certain nutritional or chemical properties that it is valued for in the cooking community?
Is it common among serious/enthusiast chefs, and I'm just out of the loop?