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Couscous History

Couscous may be older than pasta

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Couscous

© 2007 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Couscous History

What is couscous? Today's couscous consists of small granules or pellets made from semolina flour (from the heart of durum wheat). It resembles farina, polenta, or grits but slightly larger.

However, the term couscous originally referred to the method of processing the flour, and couscous was often made from millet, barley, and other grains.

Couscous is as old as pasta. In fact, many historians argue that couscous pre-dates pasta, with references to couscous dating back as far as the 10th century. Scholars debate whether couscous originated in West Africa or North Africa (Berber), but today, couscous is considered a Moroccan specialty.

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