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Pearl couscous, also known as Israeli couscous, is larger and more spherical than traditional couscous. Enjoyed around the world because of its versatility, pearl couscous is a quicker cooking alternative to other whole grains, making it a perfect choice for mid-week dinners, especially for picky eaters. It has a neutral taste and will take on the flavor of whatever you add to it. Use your imagination and explore the flavors of your favorite world cuisines with our pearl couscous.
Pearl couscous is larger, smoother, and more spherical than traditional couscous. It has a neutral flavor and can be used like pasta, rice, or any other whole grain. It can also be dry toasted before cooking for an added depth of flavor.
Basic Cooking Instructions:
Lightly toast the couscous before use (optional). Bring 1.5 cups of water to a vigorous boil. Add 1 cup of couscous and 1 tsp salt. Cover saucepan with tight fitting lid and cook on low heat for 10 minutes, until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and rinse immediately in cold water. Yields 1.5 cups.
Store in an airtight container after purchase for up to 1 year.
Pearl couscous is a source of fiber. Fiber helps you feel fuller for longer, helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, aids digestion, and can help reduce constipation.
Pearl couscous is low in sugar and is lower on the Glycemic Index. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, foods with a lower GI score may help to control blood sugar and cholesterol and help to prevent heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes.
Pearl couscous is fat-free.
Couscous can also be enjoyed for dessert. In Libya, it is served with dates, sesame, and honey and called “Maghrood”.
Pearl couscous was developed in Israel during the last century due to a rice shortage. Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion requested an alternative to be made of wheat, earning Pearl Couscous the nickname, “Ben-Gurion’s rice”.
In Israel, pearl couscous is marketed mostly to children. However, it is enjoyed by adults around the world due to its chewy texture and ability to take on complex flavors.