Couscous is granular semolina (a coarse wheat often used to make pasta), which has been moistened with water, lightly covered in flour, and rolled into tiny beadlike pellets.
Ethnicity: North African
Season: available year-round
How to select: Available precooked in large supermarkets in bulk or boxes with other prepackaged side dishes.
How to prepare: Steam or combine with boiling liquid and let stand until the liquid has been absorbed. Typically served with stews in the Middle East and North Africa, and in salads in the United States.