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Israeli couscous

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Does anyone know a place to buy Israeli couscous in SD? I didn't see any at Whole Foods or Jonathan's. I used to order it from a great grain company in MN, but now they only sell large quantities to restaurants.

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  1. You might want to try www.chefshop.com
    By the way, I just learned something interesting from reading Joyce Goldstein's latest book, "Mediterranean Fresh", that Israeli couscous is neither Israeli nor couscous. To quote: "It is made from semolina pasta balls called berkukis or magrebiyya and was probably introduced to Israel by Sephardic Jews".

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    1. Trader Joe's has a mix that contains Israeli couscous, but it's along with baby garbanzos and a bunch of other stuff:

      1. Just last week I noticed Israeli couscous at the Vons in La Costa. The store is located on the corner of La Costa Ave. and Alga St. This is the same package that I buy at the Israeli markets in L.A. Just check out the kosher section in that store.

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        1. re: terri shields

          Right--a lot of places just call it pearl couscous.
          I am hoping for something near PB or Hillcrest. Maybe I should check Henry's?
          Or a great mailorder source will work. Is fregula the same thing?

          1. re: keena

            They're not quite the same....as lorijoboo says, fregola is usually toasted and Israeli couscous is not, so while they look similar, fregola is (to me) a more complex taste. It really is great in soups...I've done kind of a saffron fish soup with fregola before that's great winter eating.

            According to an SFGate article, you can get it at Dean & Deluca...

        2. I've bought Israeli couscous at the Whole Foods in La Jolla (found it in the bulk bins) within in the past 2 months - so I'm pretty sure they still sell it.

          I've never been able to find it at any Henry's, though.

          1. Coincidently I made a great Israeli couscous salad w/ fresh grilled zuchini last night using Israeli couscous from Ralph's. It was in the Jewish section of the store - near asian foods.

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            1. re: runningforfood

              thanks! I'll run over after work today..I am craving the stuff and also have a lot of zucchini! I am going to order up some fregola too as it sounds quite good.

            2. They do have it at North Park Produce