durum wheat

du·​rum wheat | \ ˈdu̇r-əm- How to pronounce durum wheat (audio) , ˈdyu̇r-, ˈdər-əm-, ˈdə-rəm- \

Definition of durum wheat

: a wheat (Triticum durum) that yields a glutenous flour used especially in pasta

called also durum

Examples of durum wheat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike traditional pastas made from refined durum wheat or semolina, whole-wheat flour maintains the bran and germ during processing. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Creamy peanut butter dressing brings whole-wheat pasta salad to life," 31 Oct. 2020 Semolina–coarsely ground durum wheat–gives Gemma Sciabica’s gnocchi a chewy texture. Ben Fogel, Sunset Magazine, "19 of Our Favorite Pasta Recipes," 13 Oct. 2020 The farmer, Lane Unhjem, lives near Crosby, and grows durum wheat and canola. Catherine Garcia, TheWeek, "The week's good news: September 24, 2020," 24 Sep. 2020 Lane Unhjem was driving his combine harvester across a field of durum wheat on his North Dakota farm earlier in the month, when suddenly smoke began billowing from the machine. Washington Post, "A farmer fell ill. So dozens of his neighbors showed up spontaneously and harvested his crops.," 23 Sep. 2020 Unhjem already had his peas harvested before his heart attack, but the group spent over seven hours on his durum wheat and canola crops. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "When a farmer suffered a heart attack, 60 neighbors showed up to help out on his farm," 21 Sep. 2020 Lane Unhjem, who farms durum wheat and canola at his farm near Crosby, North Dakota, went into cardiac arrest after his combine harvester caught on fire. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "North Dakota community rallies to help farmer harvest crops after heart attack," 16 Sep. 2020 Five months’ worth of soft wheat and four months’ worth of durum wheat was stockpiled by the end of last month, the agriculture ministry said on Wednesday. Jihen Laghmari, Bloomberg.com, "Withering Crops to Make North Africa World’s Top Wheat Buyer," 14 June 2020 Unlike some other staple Indian breads, which are unleavened and crafted from durum wheat flour, or atta, fluffy naan is made with all-purpose flour and yeast. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "16 Flatbread Recipes to Satisfy Your Carb Cravings," 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of durum wheat

circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for durum wheat

New Latin durum, from Latin, neuter of durus hard

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“Durum wheat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/durum%20wheat. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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