Sunday, October 26, 2014

Grain of the Week - 43 & 44 - Kamut Wheat

Kamut Wheat is a trademarked Khorasan wheat variety which is much more nutritious than the common wheat which has genetically modified beyond recognition for making fluffy bread. Khorsan wheat is an ancient grain from Egypt. The story has it that the grains of the Khorasan wheat were sent to the US by a soldier who found them in King Tut's tomb in the 1940s. The grain was not immediately cultivated till 2 farmers from Montana cultivated the ancient and registered it as Kamut in the 1970s to keep it in its original form.

If you are buying whole wheat and it is called Kamut, it is understood to be the original Khorasan wheat, organic and not genetically modified, not contaminated with other modern wheat . Source

Winter Wheat

The Khorasan wheat has higher protein content than regular wheat and is also rich in minerals like zinc, magnesium and selenium. Khorasan wheat can be used in all of the recipes that call for wheat. If you look at a grain of Khorasan wheat it is much lengthier than the regular wheat. As for people with gluten allergy, the Khorasan wheat does not aggravate the symptoms apparently.

Where purchased: Whole Foods.

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