KAMUT® Brand Khorasan Wheat
KAMUT® khorasan is an ancient wheat, guaranteed under the KAMUT® brand to be always grown certified organic, never hybridized or genetically modified. This ancient grain is prized for its nutrition, ease of digestibility, sweet nutty-buttery taste and firm texture.
Kialla Pure Foods has the exclusive Australian license to grow and supply KAMUT® khorasan wheat. The owner of the trademark, Kamut International Ltd (KI), oversees and monitors the market to ensure that any product carrying KAMUT® logo is made from grain which comes only from licensed operators who are in compliance with KI’s quality requirements.
It is being grown by various certified organic farmers from central Queensland to northern NSW. Khorasan wheat is distinctive and is about three times larger than most modern wheat. The grain is elongated with a pronounced “hump” and is uniquely vitreous, with a rich golden colour.
Most likely originating in Mesopotamia, legends exist of this grain being found in Egyptian tombs. However, there is no archeological evidence to substantiate this. Farmers in Turkey call the grain “Camel’s Tooth” because of its shape or the “Prophet’s Wheat”, referring to another legend that Noah brought the grain with him on the ark.
In 1949, Earl Dedman, a US Airman stationed in Portugal, received some unusual looking grain from a friend who claimed to have taken it from a tomb in Egypt. More likely, the friend had purchased it from a street vendor in Cairo, with the story that it had come from an ancient Egyptian tomb. Earl sent thirty-six kernels of the wheat to his father, R. E. Dedman, a farmer near Fort Benton, Montana. Within six years, the elder Dedman had grown the small number of seeds into 1,500 bushels, calling it “King Tut’s Wheat.”
However it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that Dr Bob Quinn began promoting the all-organic ancient grain in the USA. Due to rapidly growing interest and positive results of an initial study with wheat sensitive people, Bob recognized the unique and healthy qualities of the grain and sought to protect them by preserving the variety under a trade name. In 1990, with the assistance of his father Mack, the “KAMUT” trademark was registered to be used as a guarantee that the original grain would remain unmodified and always grown organically.
Like all wheats KAMUT® khorasan contains gluten, however, many people with sensitivities to modern wheat report being able to eat KAMUT® khorasan wheat with no difficulty. Kamut International sponsors ongoing research to understand this phenomena.
KAMUT® khorasan is an ancient grain that has not been changed through modern plant breeding programs. It is likely that the grain retains many desirable qualities that have possibly been lost or changed through intensive breeding programs, which has significantly altered modern wheat.
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