Durum wheat is also referred to as pasta wheat. Did you know that pasta is made from a specific type of wheat? There are different types of wheat that all have a unique purpose. Durum wheat makes the best pasta! This is because durum wheat is very hard and starchy, which makes good dough for pasta. Hard wheat is high in protein and gluten which helps noodles hold their shape and also gives noodles a rough texture that will let sauces stick to them.
The next time you eat some yummy pasta, think about how cool it is that some durum wheat was grown just for you to eat it!
Durum wheat was developed from the emmer wheat that was discovered around 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent, which is on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean. It is the second most grown wheat in the world and does excellent in drier climates. It is the most common wheat that is grown in the Middle East.
This golden-coloured durum wheat crop is ready to harvest.