Kamut is a grain, similar to wheat. The name Kamut® is a registered trademark, but it is officially recognized by the USDA as "QK-77." It has an interesting back story and was once exhibited as "King Tut's Wheat."
A field of wheat after harvest.
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The first kernels of Kamut wheat to be grown in the U.S. were sold to a U.S. airman with the story that they had been taken from an Egyptian pyramid. Instead, it is thought to be a descendant of traditional grains grown in Egypt and Asia Minor; it is most closely related to durum wheat.
Kamut is more nutritious than modern wheat varieties. It has 30 percent more protein and higher levels of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin E, magnesium and zinc than wheat.
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