durum durum  /ˈdʊ rəm/


  • (n) wheat with hard dark-colored kernels high in gluten and used for bread and pasta; grown especially in southern Russia, North Africa, and northern central North America


  1. Italians want their macaroni made out of duruma hard-kerneled wheat.
  2. The decision struck down a 1967 law that requires all pasta sold in Italy to contain durum wheat flour, which is firmer and more expensive than other varieties.
  3. The devastation of the durum-wheat crop in North Dakota, for example, is bound to result in heavy markups on pasta.


  1. Spring planting behind schedule in region

    The US Agriculture Department says planting of spring wheat is just 86 percent complete. Durum wheat is also behind at 88 percent complete. Both crops were 100 percent complete at this time last year in North Dakota.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: WDAZ 8 Grand Forks

  2. Grain News

    Planting of this year's spring wheat and durum crop has proven to be a challenge for producers in North Dakota. April snowstorms and continued cool, wet conditions prevented many of the state's farmers from even entering the field until the second week of May.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Grainnet.com

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  1. "I'm debating between spring wheat, durum wheat, canola, malting barley, confection sunflowers, oil sunflowers, soybeans, flax and corn," Mr. Miller said.
    on Mar 8, 2008 By: Dennis Miller Source: New York Times

  2. Even with a sale to Viterra, Dakota Growers will remain in Carrington, "employing hundreds of people, buying durum from our farmers and having a huge economic impact," Hoeven said.
    on Apr 22, 2010 By: John Hoeven Source: BusinessWeek

  3. "I expect Caparoi to live up to its name and become a leading variety especially sought after by pasta makers as well as other users of durum wheats," NSW Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald said when annoucning the new variety last...
    on Sep 28, 2008 By: Ian Macdonald Source: Stock and Land

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