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So, What is Kamut?

What is Kamut, anyway? Our Sprouted Kamut bread has become very popular with all of you, but you may be wondering what Kamut actually is? Today, I will do my best to demystify it. :-)

Kamut, also known as Khorasan Wheat, is a member of the wheat family. It’s story begins in the United States in 1949, when a U.S. airman, Earl Dedman, stationed in Portugal, was given some grains by a friend claiming they were found in 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.’”

After a number of decades of relative unpopularity, Kamut has surfaced to the top again as a healthy heirloom grain, dating back several thousand years in origin.  

You may be wondering, “How do you use it in your bread?” Well, we use it in two ways: flour, and sprouted berries.

First, the Classic, Sprouted Kamut, and Sesame consist of approximately 15% Kamut flour. (In the Rye bread, we use rye flour instead of Kamut). So, you enjoy the nourishing benefits as well as the flavor of Kamut every time you eat these loaves! Kamut is extremely high in protein and trace minerals, but it is remarkably easy to digest for many people.

Second, we sprout Kamut grains over a period of 3 days to incorporate into our dough for the Sprouted Kamut loaf. It smells like we are adding vegetables when it is first mixed! But after it is baked, the flavor has an incredible nutty, sweet flavor… If you haven’t tried it yet, you need too!

You may be interested in knowing that I tried to grow Kamut once before I even knew what it was! I read that the grain grew well in Egypt, so I thought it would probably grow well in Texas! If you're interested/bored, you can check out  a video of me harvesting it several years ago. Let's just say there was a fair bit of weeds in that harvest... ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnRmAwK1uH8

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P.S. The rumors are true that we will be offering a Yogurt-Cinnamon-Raisin bread in the very near future, so keep an eye out for the update!

Sources: http://www.kamut.com/en/discover/the-story

Published: July 6, 2016

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