Week 3 – Khorasan
Explore the seed lineage, migration, and history, and summarize. Where does the story begin with your grain; what’s the deeper story?
The Greater Khorasan region is the namesake of this grain, an area of the fertile Crescent encompassing parts of Iran, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan. In Persian, khor translates to ‘sun’ and asan translates as ‘to come to’ – the grain is connected to additional descriptive names like Camel’s Tooth, Oriental, and King’s Tut wheat. As I reflected on its various names throughout history, so much is already being told about its story. It tells that the grain likes to grow in the sun. We are able to understand the culture of the khorasan seed stewards since they compared the kernels to something familiar: camel’s teeth. Also, these were typically sent/grown from eastern neighbors. And a more recent story, khorasan also gets the name of King Tut’s wheat by way of the myth of how these grains arrived in the US.
The myth begins with a US Airman who grabbed a bag of these grains from an Egyptian tomb after WWII, sharing 36 kernels with a friend who sent them to his farming father in Montana. The grains were grown, shared, and nearly forgotten before catching the eye of a young farmer named Bob Quinn. From there, trademarked Kamut eventually came into existence and is being grown by certified organic farmers in Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
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