Khorasan Wheat is an ancient grain that hasn’t been hybridized in modern history. The source of this grain is traced back to the Fertile Crescent, and is thought to be a close relative of durum wheat. It is a tetraploid, which means it is a cross of two ancient diploid grasses and has 4 chromosome sets.
In the past, we have tried to provide Khorasan Wheat that has been grown in North America, but due to the vast contamination of certified organic grains in the US and Canada, by the known carcinogen, glyphosate, we had to open our search to other areas of the world. Our Khorasan Wheat is grown on an organic farm in Italy and a sample from our batch tested to be free of glyphosate.
The berry of Khorasan Wheat is roughly twice the size of modern wheat varieties and the flavor is described as rich and nutty. Khorasan Wheat contains gluten, but many with gluten sensitivities have found Khorasan Wheat to be more easily digested than modern wheat.
Khorasan Wheat is an excellent source of protein, fiber, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B1 (thiamin), and vitamin B3 (niacin). It is also high in many minerals such as selenium, copper, manganese, and molybdenum.
Khorasan Wheat contains several polyphenols that have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is particularly high in carotenoids, which likely gives the Khorasan grain and flour its rich golden color.