Couscous is one of the most popular dishes from Morocco and North Africa and is now appreciated worldwide in many cuisines. Historians to this day cannot agree on its origin with some claiming it to be like pasta, originating from China; while others trace its origin to East Africa.
Couscous is made from two different sizes of the husked and crushed, but unground, semolina of hard wheat using water to bind them. When hard wheat is ground, the endosperm—the floury part of the grain—is cracked into its two parts, the surrounding aleurone with its proteins and mineral salts and the central floury mass, also called the endosperm, which contains the gluten protein that gives hard wheat its unique properties for making couscous and pasta.
For a delicious and simple couscous salad, prepare 1 cup of couscous until fluffy, then add a punnet of cherry tomatoes (quartered), 1 small lebanese cucumber (cubed), 1/4 red capsicum (diced), 1/2 small red onion diced and a cup of loosely chopped coriander leaves. Drizzle with olive oil, season with pepper and salt and squeeze with a little lemon or lime – perfect.
Interesting facts about Couscous:
Symbolising luck, blessings and abundance in North African traditions, couscous is prepared to celebrate a house warming or a holiday.
The food is so nice, they named it twice!
Country of Origin
Product of Italy
Cous cous is a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates and fibre. It boasts a high level of vitamins B1, B3, and B5, as well as being a rich source of many trace minerals including manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, iron and zinc. It is low in fat and has a low GI. Low GI foods have been linked to more balanced blood sugar levels, disease prevention, increased energy and improved mood.
|Nutritional Information – Cous Cous|
|Per 1 cup, plain, cooked|
|Fat, Total (g)||0.0|
|– Fat, Saturated (g)||0.0|
|Carbohydrate, Total (g)||36.0|
|Dietary Fibre (g)||2.0|
*All measurements are approximate and should be used as a guide only. Affordable Wholefoods is not liable for any discrepancy.
100% semolina wheat
This product contains gluten
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