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Durum revisited


By Scott A. Yates

When it comes to wheat, the words “hard” and “soft” refer to the kernel’s milling characteristics. Soft white wheat, as its name would suggest, has a soft kernel trait making it among the easiest of all classes to mill. On a scale of kernel hardness, it comes in at between a 25 and 35. Hard red wheat, meanwhile, comes in at 60 to 75 on the same index.

Durum wheat, however, is in a class of its own. The hardest of all wheat classes, it ranks at nearly 80 to 100 on the hardness index. Read More