Tuesday, July 3, 2018

What is Kamut? The New Kool Kid On The Foodie Block

Last week I found out why Italians like Kamut.

The Hearth Restaurant

I hadn't heard of it either until recently, so you're not alone. Kamut aka Khorasan Wheat or Oriental Wheat is an ancient grain type originating in Iran, the Northeast, Central Asia, and Afghanistan. A beautiful golden color, it is 2X the size of modern-day wheat and has a rich, nutty, and buttery flavor. Like many ancient grains, it's healthier than "modern" grains, which are more difficult for the body to digest. Why? Because many modern grains are genetically modified and grown with pesticides. Ever seen the study of the fruit fly whose stomach literally exploded when it consumed a genetically modified food?! 'Nuff said.

Good News! Kamut has anti-inflammatory properties as proven by multiple studies. Many people who can't tolerate modern wheat find that they cant digest Kamut wheat, which also helps alleviate many digestive conditions. Rich in protein and minerals, including selenium and zinc, both powerful antioxidants, Kamut also contains a high percentage of lipids, which take longer to digest and keep you full longer.

Pastificio Felicetti, the world's largest producer of 100% artisan organic pasta has been using Kamut Khorasan wheat since 2000. Its rich, nutty, buttery flavor makes it ideal for a variety of different pasta dishes.  Italians are the heaviest pasta consumers in the world, with a per capita annual consumption of 1.4 million tons! 

Bob Quinn 

Kamut is grown on certified organic farms in Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan in North America. "It has been over 30 years since we first experimented with organic food on our farm (in Montana) and introduced the giant ancient wheat to the marketplace," said Bob Quinn, PhD, organic farmer and founder of Kamut International

Italians like Kamut both for its delectable taste and because it makes them feel better. "I see the connection between food and health as inseparable, food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food," comments Quinn.  

My Table Setting

From farm to fork, I tasted a variety of Kamut-infused foods, seated in a cozy enclave of The Hearth restaurant in the East Village, where I enjoyed conversation and cuisine with several other bloggers and writers in the food and health space. The menu was a masterpiece! That said, it's challenging to choose my favorite foods, but I can give you a rating from 1-3. Here goes:

      1) Kamut Wheat Berry Salad ~ cucumber, pickled ramp vinaigrette, market herbs

Kamut Wheat Berry Salad

      2) Kamut Wheat Maccheroni ~ pork ragu, whipped ricotta

Kamut Wheat Maccheroni

      3) Charred Carrots ~ sunflower seed hummus, lemon confit

Charred Carrots w/Sunflower Hummus

Special mention goes to the Monk Fish for presentation (I'm a sucker for pretty, edible flowers!)... 

Monk Fish
and Limoncello Napoleon with lemon curd and candied zest!

Limoncello Napoleans

Kudos on the Krazy Kool gift bag with Kracklin' Kamut a tasty, healthy snack that's perfect for your pocket (and better than those peanuts). It's organic, non-gmo and has got a fun kracklin' krunch and savory flava flave. KaPOW!

Kracklin' Kamut

Kurious. Have you heard of kamut?

XoXo Tatiana 

p.s. I just love this coaster and had to share! Food for thought.

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