“KAMUT” is not the name of a wheat. It is a trademark used to market a grain with certain guaranteed attributes. In 1990, the word “KAMUT” was registered as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark office. This was done to protect and preserve the exceptional qualities of a particular variety of the ancient wheat, khorasan, for the benefit of all those who are interested in high quality, healthy food. Only by the use of a trademark can customers be guaranteed that products produced with KAMUT® khorasan wheat contain the pure ancient variety, organically grown to high quality standards.
KAMUT® khorasan wheat shall:
1. Be the ancient khorasan variety of wheat
2. Be grown only as a certified organic grain
3. Have a protein range of 12 – 18%.
4. Be 99% free of contaminating varieties of modern wheat.
5. Be 98% free of all signs of disease.
6. Contain between 400 and 1000 ppb of selenium
7. Not be used in products in which the name is deceptive or misleading as to the content percentage
8. Not be mixed with modern wheat in pasta
The word “Kamut” was found in An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary by E. A. Wallis Budge, first published in London by John Murray in 1920. The following entry is from volume 2 page 788:
Since this word comes from a dead language and “Kamut” was not a word in common use in other languages, it was possible to trademark that name.
As far as it is known, khorasan wheat had not been in commercial production in modern times. This old grain subspecies had been completely left behind by the results of modern breeding programs. These programs have produced bread wheat, durum wheat, and even spelt wheat with higher yields that respond better to high input agriculture. These modern grains also have been bred to be more disease resistant and have better manufacturing characteristics. A more recent development is transgenic manipulation to create plants with characteristics completely unlike their parents. Many people refer to these crops as GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). Meanwhile, ancient wheat, such as khorasan, has survived without these modern alterations and is still packed with all the essential nutritional attributes that earned them the title of “the staff of life” from Biblical times.
It is possible; however, that one could take khorasan wheat and manipulate it in an attempt to improve some of its agronomic shortcomings compared to modern wheat, which would be perfectly legal. The philosophy of Kamut International has been to preserve the integrity of the variety in its original form without these kinds of manipulations. Thus when consumers see the “KAMUT” trademark, they can be sure that the products contain the pure, ancient khorasan wheat.
Since Kamut International owns the trademark “KAMUT”, any wheat sold under this trademark must follow the quality specifications required by Kamut International. Consequently, anyone who wants to use the “KAMUT” trademark must sign, free of charge, a license agreement promising to follow these specifications. In this manner the customer is guaranteed quality and purity when they see the “KAMUT” brand.
Please help protect the value and integrity of the “KAMUT” trademark by adhering to correct trademark usage when referring to KAMUT® khorasan wheat or products made with KAMUT® khorasan wheat.