KAMUT® / KHORASAN
Kamut® brand Khorasan is an amazing variety of ancient wheat. Unlike hard red or hard white hybrid wheat, Kamut® has lower gluten, is higher in protein, contains higher amounts of trace vitamins and minerals, and is lower in fat than many other grains, including oats.
Where It Began
The origin of Kamut® is intriguing – originally found in Portugal by way of Egypt in 1949, 36 grains of a large variety of wheat were given to Earl Dedman, a U.S. Airman serving in Portugal. Earl sent the 36 kernals of wheat to his father in Montana who successfully grew them throughout the next few years. In 1964, Bob Quinn, a 16 year old boy, saw the grain on display at the local county fair.
In 1977, Bob and his father Mack Quinn tracked down a small supply of the wheat and contacted the Corn Nuts® company, proposing they produce a product similar to Corn Nuts®, but made from giant wheat. Although promising, the project did not move forward. For the next few years, the Quinn family continued to grow the wheat on the family farm, and in 1986, showed the wheat at a food show in Anaheim, California.
Commercial interest in the wheat increased over time as various companies began to produce and market pasta and breads made with Kamut®. Demand started to grow when people reported that the wheat had great flavor, and was more easily digested compared to modern varieties. Seeing they had something special, Bob and his family created the KAMUT® trademark to protect the wheat and guarantee that it would be grown organically and unmodified for years to come.
What Is Kamut®?
Kamut® has since been identified as a specific variety of Khorasan wheat, originating from the fertile crescent (Middle East) thousands of years ago.
Today, Kamut® is available in its original form as wheat, whole grain and white flour, and rolled Kamut®. It is used in many products world-wide. Kamut® is popular in Italy where pasta is king, and here in the U.S., where this variety of Kamut® brand Khorasan wheat is fast becoming known as a better alternative to modern wheat.
Kamut® has lower gluten, is more easily digested and has a sweet, mild taste compared to other varieties of wheat. Kamut® is also higher in minerals, such as Selenium (needed for Thyroid health) and copper. A diet that includes Kamut® can also help reduce inflammation and increase protein intake for athletes and those with active life-styles.
What Is Khorasan wheat?
Khorasan is a variety of ancient wheat, best known in the U.S. as Kamut, or Kamut brand khorasan wheat. Kamut is not the only variety of khorasan wheat, as other varieties of khorasan are also grown in the U.S.
Similar to Kamut, these other varieties of khorasan wheat also have lower, more digestible gluten, great flavor, excellent baking qualities and are milled into super-fine khorasan white all-purpose flour.
Is Khorasan White all-purpose Flour the same flour as white Kamut flour?
No - however, these two flours are very similar and have no discernible differences in baking and taste qualities. Also, the lower gluten in both khorasan white flour and Kamut white flour is virtually the same, as both khorasan and Kamut are the same grain. Kamut simply has a trademark label for that variety of khorasan wheat.
Does the Khorasan White all-purpose flour have lower gluten?
Yes - Our new khorasan white flour has the same lower, more digestible gluten you see in Kamut berries and flour. Kamut is khorasan wheat, so the two varieties are virtually the same, including the gluten content.
How are Kamut and Khorasan wheat different?
Kamut is grown organically and is branded with the Kamut trademark name. The khorasan wheat used for our new Khorasan White all-purpose Flour is grown biologically - this is also a very clean way to grow wheat. Similar to organic standards, biologically grown food is very clean, using natural farming methods without the use of commercial sprays and no GMO's.
Biologically grown khorasan wheat cannot be certified organic, but this is an intentional choice of farmers who are committed to growing clean, healthy biological grains without the overhead imposed by organic standards.
Biological and organic grains are both very good choices.
Is the new Khorasan White all-purpose flour as good as White Kamut flour?
Yes - this white khorasan flour is every bit as good as white Kamut flour. Breads, dinner rolls, cookies, pancakes, crepes, muffins, quick breads and other baked goods all have the same light texture and sweet taste of white Kamut brand khorasan flour. There is no discernible different in the two flours, which is another reason we love this new white khorasan all-purpose flour!
Is there science behind the quality of this new White Khorasan all-purpose Flour?
Indeed there is - side by side lab tests show very little difference between this new white khorasan flour and white Kamut flour. Protein levels and ash count were virtually the same (both indicate high quality white flour), Farino MTI numbers were high for this white khorasan flour (indicates high mixing tolerance), and baking qualities are superb for both white khorasan flour and white Kamut flour.
Can I use the new Khorasan White all-purpose Flour with recipes using Kamut White all-purpose Flour?
Of course you can! Remember, Kamut is also khorasan wheat and white Khorasan all-purpose flour is virtually the same type of flour as Kamut white all-purpose flour. Use your favorite Kamut white flour recipes with our new khorasan white all-purpose flour.
Will the new Khorasan White all-purpose Flour be priced lower than Kamut White all-purpose Flour?
We anticipate the price for Khorasan Mills khorasan white all-purpose flour to be around 10% lower than other sources for Kamut white all-purpose flour.
How will the new Khorasan White all-purpose Flour be sold? What size bags?
The Khorasan Mills - Khorasan White all-purpose Flour will be sold in a 25lb bag only. Order the flour from our online store. Shipping will be available to all States in the U.S.
Whatever you choose to bake in your kitchen, Kamut® is a better choice when it comes to grain that helps rather than hurts. See our list of Kamut® and Khorasan White recipes here.