Similar to Durum, with much larger kernels, 2-3 times the size of modern wheats.
An ancient variety that probably originated in the Fertile Crescent, it is spring-planted and very drought-tolerant.
Prized for its high energy nutrition, easy digestibility, nutty/buttery taste, and firm texture.
Higher in protein, selenium, amino acids, and vitamin E than most modern wheat. Used as whole grain berries or flour, and makes bread, superior pasta, and puffed wheat. Some report that is is less allergenic. Sold for home garden use only.
In 1990, "KAMUT" was registered as a trademark by the Quinn family in order to preserve this ancient khorasan wheat variety. (Many other ancient wheats have been so crossed with modern varieties that they no longer have the special nutritional qualities of the ancient types.) It is grown on dryland certified organic farms primarily in Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
BOTANICAL NAME : Triticum turgidim ssp. turanicum
Start in flats as soon as ground can be worked. Here in zone 8, we plant in February, 3 months before our last frost date, but if the soil is frozen, plant as soon as it thaws. Transplant 5" apart when 2-3" high. Can also be broadcasted. Cease watering when 85% of the seed heads are golden and harvest when almost all are. Dry fully before storing. Matures in about 100-125 days.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFO: C/Matures 16-20/Harvest 0-4/Yield 4-26 grain, 12-72 dry biomass/Spacing 5"