January, 2010 Issue

The Amazing Story of the Nearly Lost Grain, Kamut®

You couldn’t make up the story of Kamut®, a variety of wheat known as khorasan, if you tried. In 1949, a U.S. airman named Earl Dedman was stationed in Portugal. Dedman received 32 giant wheat kernels from a fellow airman who picked them up in Egypt, where he was told the wheat came from an Egyptian tomb (more likely it came from a street vendor in Cairo.) Dedman sent the wheat kernels to his father in Fort Benton, Montana and the family grew the grain as a novelty under the name, "King Tut’s Wheat" in the 50s and 60s. A local farmer grew some of the wheat and displayed it at the Fort Benton fair in 1964.

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