Khorasan Wheat: An Ancient Wheat Grain for the Gluten Sensitive

by Guest Blogger on March 25, 2014 · 4 comments

By Chef Mark Cleveland of Avanti Cafe

Khorasan Wheat: An Ancient Wheat Grain for the Gluten Sensitive

Once a year, in early March at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, everything organic, holistic, gluten free and eco-friendly converges in one huge arena to show off what’s new and soon to be launched to a Prius driving, small footprint striving, consumer crowd. It’s called Natural Products Expo West. This year’s expo was an all time record breaking crowd pleaser with industry growth expected to reach $226 billion by 2018.

This year, Avanti Natural was recruited to cook the samples for the fine folks from Kamut International, Ltd. Khorasan wheat is an ancient wheat grain that’s produced with passion, fairness and respect for the earth. Sold under the KAMUT® brand name, it is always organic and never hybridized. Many people with mild gluten insensitivities find that they can enjoy Kamut products as whole or cracked grains or milled Kamut products such as breads and other baked goods.

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3 Tasty Treats to Using the New Kamut Grain

1.) Kamut Semi Pearled: We served Semi pearled Kamut paired with South Coast Farms organic strawberries and fennel & Avanti Citrus Miso dressing. The semi pearled Kamut has a barley like texture when cooked; a nutty flavor & great texture to the tooth. Once adorned with organic strawberries, fennel and dressing, the flavor combo was a knock out. The Expo West guests couldn’t get enough of it – 400+ servings sailed off the table.

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2.) Kamut Couscous: Next, we turned our attention to the newest Kamut product: organic Kamut couscous. While most couscous is technically pasta, this fine textured Kamut is first partially cooked, then dried and then cracked. Instead of being made of fully milled four, this is a cracked grain product, easier on the digestion and with a better glycemic index as well. Boiling water reconstitutes the grain and we flavored ours with lime-dressed, organic romanesco cauliflower and baby organic heirloom carrots.

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3.) Toasted Kamut Bulgur: We saved our most powerfully flavored dish for the finale. The Kamut bulgur was toasted to a golden brown then flavored with fresh local bay leaves for a nutty citrus taste.

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Thanks to the season, our local South Coast Farms is as green as a St Paddy’s Day parade and we took full advantage of their epic organic Italian and curly parsley varieties and cilantro to create our famous Avanti Natural green chimichurri salsa verde with fresh local lemons from neighborhood friends. We added the farm’s piquant red radishes for a crisp bite to the dish.

Over the years, we at Avanti Natural, have been excited and gratified to see the Natural Products Expo continue to grow as consumers become increasingly aware of the mutually beneficial joys of seeking out the finest quality food sources for themselves and their loved ones. For those who couldn’t attend, we’re still relishing in the afterglow of another amazing expo and honored to share a sample ‘taste’ of it with you here.

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Jamie Lockman March 25, 2014 at 10:02 am

Avanti Cafe was wonderful to work with! Thanks for featuring the KAMUT(R) Brand wheat couscous, bulgur, and semi-pearled grain! The couscous and bulgur are available from Sunnyland Mills, while the semi-pearled is available from Timeless Foods.

KAMUT® Brand khorasan is an organic, non-genetically modified, ancient wheat variety similar to durum. In 1990, “KAMUT” was registered as a trademark by the Quinn family in order to support organic farming and preserve the ancient khorasan wheat variety. Under the KAMUT® Brand name, khorasan wheat must always be grown organically, never be hybridized or modified, and contain high levels of purity and nutrition. Today, Kamut International owns and has registered the KAMUT® trademark in over 40 countries, and is responsible for protection and marketing of all KAMUT® Brand khorasan wheat throughout the world.
KAMUT® wheat is grown on dryland certified organic farms primarily in Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. The grain is prized by consumers who appreciate the grain for its high energy nutrition, easy digestibility, nutty/buttery taste, and firm texture. KAMUT® khorasan wheat is higher in protein, selenium, amino acids, and Vitamin E than most modern wheat and contains essential minerals such as magnesium and zinc. It is used as whole grain berries, whole grain flour, white flour, flakes, and puffs to make a variety of products. Some specific benefits of using KAMUT® khorasan are receiving more nutrients, protein, and taste than most commonly consumed whole wheat – plus supporting organic agriculture and helping to preserve an ancient grain.

KAMUT® khorasan is a variety of wheat thus has gluten content. A lot of people who are not able to tolerate wheat tell us that they are able to tolerate KAMUT® khorasan wheat. KI has ongoing research to understand why – it is our theory that because KAMUT® khorasan is an ancient grain, it retains the qualities that made it desirable so many years ago.

Please visit the Kamut International website at to learn more.

My kind regards – Jamie

Jamie Ryan Lockman | Regional Director – North America
Kamut International, Ltd.


Cat March 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm

You state that this ancient wheat grain called khorasan is okay for those who are gluten intolerant, but how about for those who have been diagnosed as Celiac?


Jamie Lockman March 28, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Thanks for the question – to be clear – KAMUT(r) khorasan is a WHEAT variety. If you are diagnosed with Celiac Disease you should NOT eat it.


Cat March 28, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Thanks so much. I really appreciate that clarification. (Darn it – I was so hoping there would be a new grain for me to try.)


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