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Halachot of Berachot  

Q) What's the Beracha for Kamut?

A) It seems to me that kamut is a type of wheat, and therefore would follow all the same rules of wheat. If you just cooked the grains - then adoma, if made into cake - then mezonot, and if made into bread - then hamotzei.

The Background Rules:

The Halacha treats five types of grain special (wheat, spelt, barley, oats, and rye) and if any of these grains were ground up and then made into a cake / bread, it would get a mezonot / hamotzei bracha. If the grain remained whole and it was only slightly processed (roasted or toasted) then the beracha would be haodoma.

(Side note: Puffed wheat is a matter of controversy whether we considered the process of puffing to be enough to make the grain mezonot or if it still remains hoadoma. Rav Moshe poskins one can make either beracha. But the brocha achrona would be borei nefashot )

If however, the grain is not one of the five mentioned above – then it can never receive the beracha of mezonot or hamotzei. For example: corn, potatoes, and kasha are all not considered from the five special grains. Therefore, if one grinds the grain into flour to make corn bread - then the beracha would be shehakol. If however the grain isn’t ground but is either popped or rolled – then it would be haadoma. That is why popcorn is hoadoma. Corn flakes can either be shehakol or haadoma depending on how they are made. If made from flout – then shehakol. If made from rolled grits – then haadoma.

Getting back to our Question – It seems Kamut, from what I’ve seen online about it, is a grain related to wheat and therefore would be treated like any of the five grains. If however I’m wrong and really its not one of the five special grains then it would be treated like corn or kasha.


 

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