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Durum Wheat, SuperPail

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Durum Wheat, 35 lbs.

Supply note: Our supplier is out of stock of durum wheat and they aren't sure when they'll have more so we're unable to take orders at this time.

These non-GMO conventional (not organic) durum wheat berries are triple-cleaned and perfect for making pasta!

This pasta wheat is not a good choice for making bread. Some good bread-making choices are the hard red or hard white wheat berries, as well as spelt, Kamut or rye or einkorn. We also offer soft white wheat berries that produce baked goods with a tender crumb—just what you want for making muffins, biscuits, pancakes and pastries.

Convenient & safe storage

Our durum wheat comes in five-gallon buckets (or pails... another word for the same container), containing 35 lbs. net weight. When you store durum wheat at home, it needs to be protected in a couple of ways. First, it needs to be protected from a variety of little critters who'd like to get to it before you do. Weevils and rodents, for example. You also need to protect your durum wheat from picking up excessive additional moisture, which can be drawn from the atmosphere. The buckets our durum wheat comes in provide full protection against these storage risks. They have airtight gasket-sealed lids, Mylar liners, and oxygen absorber packets that remove the oxygen from the air in the bucket after we put the lid on. The O2 absorbers leave an atmosphere of nitrogen in the bucket, because air consists almost entirely of oxygen and nitrogen. (The oxygen absorber packets themselves are completely food-safe, being made of powdered iron and salt, which are kept separate from the product itself.) Our buckets safely lock out pests, and biological processes are put "on hold" in the Mylar protected, oxygen-free nitrogen atmosphere, so your durum wheat enjoys complete peace and quiet until you want to use it. Note: If you don't already have a bucket lid removal tool, they make lid removal easy (see lower section of this web page).

  • “Very clean grain. As always, perfection in packaging and shipping. I've been a customer for years and will continue to be. I have a flour mill from Pleasant Hill and the durum is our staple flour. The dent corn is awesome as well and the two make the world's best cornbread.”

    – Donna E., OH

Beat oxidation

In whole-grain foods, the plant's cellular walls protect nutrients from oxidation. The process of oxidation begins to occur as soon as grain is ground, exposing the cell's contents to oxygen in the air. Flour that is several days (or more) old, has been exposed to oxygen that inevitably diminishes its nutritional value. The way to get full nutrition from whole grain foods is to mill them when you need them, right in your kitchen. Modern high-speed grain mills make it fast and easy to enjoy the freshest, best tasting and most nutritious food imaginable!


All of our durum wheat is triple-cleaned to ensure purity and protect your grain mill from any foreign objects. (Durum wheat that isn't sufficiently cleaned may contain small stones that will damage or destroy a grain mill... not to mention that you don't want such things in your food!)

Shelf Life

Our durum wheat has a shelf life of 10+ years when unopened and stored in a cool, dark, dry environment.


All of Pleasant Hill Grain's whole grain products are natural (non-GMO). Also, PHG does not sell any grains, beans, lentils, pulses or seeds sourced from China.

Exceptional Value of Bulk Grain

It's well known that basic natural foods tend to be lower in cost and much higher in nutrition than processed commercial choices, but we were still a little shocked when we compared the cost of a staple like whole grain wheat, to items on the shelves at a local grocery store. Our grain comes packaged 45 lbs. to a bucket, so we're reporting each cost here, for that same net weight. The cost of living index in Nebraska is comparatively low, so processed foods like the examples shown here are priced even higher in most areas. We came away from this exercise with a heightened appreciation for the low cost and exceptional value of quality basic foods like whole grain wheat!
45 lbs. of Wheaties™ cereal $248
45 lbs. of Capt'n Crunch™ cereal $219
45 lbs. of Nacho Cheese Doritos™ $259
45 lbs. of Maxwell House™ coffee $193
45 lbs. of 9 Lives™ (the cat food!) $98

Durum Uses & History

Durum wheat (triticum durum) is the hardest type of wheat and, like all wheat, contains gluten. The word “durum” is latin for “hard”. Although it contains gluten, the type of gluten in durum wheat isn’t suitable for yeast bread, because it doesn’t create the strong elastic structure that’s necessary for dough to rise. It is used, however, for some Middle Eastern and North African flatbreads, such as kesra.

Durum flour is light golden yellow and has a mildly sweet, buttery and nut-like flavor.

Dough made from durum flour is not elastic but still holds together well, making it ideal for rolling out pasta. Because of its suitability for pasta, durum wheat is sometimes referred to as pasta wheat. If you’re making pasta, durum flour is the way to go!

Semolina—the endosperm of durum wheat—is made by sifting cracked, or coarsely ground whole grain durum flour to separate the endosperm from the bran and germ. The endosperm portion, or “semolina,” can then be cooked or ground into flour. Among other dishes, semolina is used to make pasta, couscous, and a porridge dish called halwa that’s traditional in India and Asia. Other grains can be ground and used in the same way, but when it’s referred to as “semolina,” the grain used must be specified (e.g., “rice semolina”). Corn semolina is often referred to as “grits.”

Partially cooked durum wheat that’s been dried and then cracked is called bulgur. Bulgur can be cooked and mixed with fresh vegetables and herbs for tabbouleh, used to make hot cereals, or added to salads. Bulgur is commonly used in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Because bulgur has been partially cooked, it cooks faster than raw, cracked grain. Kibi (or kibbeh) is a combination of bulgur with ground lamb or ground beef. Kibi is used to make meatballs and many other traditional dishes in the Middle East.

Durum wheat contains gluten, like all types of wheat, but because the gluten in it doesn’t have the elastic strength necessary for bread to rise well, it’s best to mix this flour with hard red or white wheat, or spelt flour when making yeast breads. It’s best not to mix durum flour with other wheat flours when you’re making pasta though, as the texture will suffer.

Durum is a tetraploid grain, meaning it has four sets of its seven chromosomes for a total of 28 chromosomes, whereas modern red and white wheat, and spelt, have six sets of seven chromosomes, for a total of 42 chromosomes. The simpler genetic structure of durum makes it easier to digest than modern wheats. Many people who experience gluten sensitivities are able to enjoy baked foods made with durum flour, but since it does contain gluten it isn’t recommended for people with Celiac disease.

Kamut wheat is related to durum. Both are ancient grains, and have similar baking characteristics and flavor. Kamut is a larger grain with a more oblong shape. Substituting up to 50% of flour in yeast breads with durum or Kamut flour adds a delicious flavor and wonderful color to breads.

Additional Options

Pleasant Hill Grain offers over thirty kinds of whole grain products!

Our foods category offers many selections of baking ingredients, delicious dried fruits and vegetables, long-term storable foods, canned meat, fish and poultry, sweeteners and more.

As a whole grains shopper you may also be interested in hand crank and electric grain mills and grain flakers as well as heavy duty Bosch mixers, Ankarsrum (formerly Electrolux) mixersHäussler spiral dough mixers and Famag spiral dough mixers!

Gamma Seal Lids are remarkably practical two-part gadgets that transform standard plastic buckets into rugged, gasketed, resealable storage containers that are both air-tight and water-tight.

Shipping Zones

Please note: The shipping zones below are for the 48 contiguous states. For shipment to AK/HI, please call (866) 467-6123 or email us for a cost quote.

Grain shipping zones

Need a LOT of grain?

When you order a full pallet of grain (36 buckets) or more, you earn a discount of $25 per bucket. And if you order 3 full pallets or more, the discount is $30 per bucket. (See the discount amounts in the table below.) These terms apply to this offer:

  • Your order may consist of a single product, or any combination of these grain, beans, rice, etc.
  • Total quantity must be a multiple of 12. So you can order 36 or 48 or 60 buckets, but not 37 or 55, for example.
  • You must have a quantity of at least 36 buckets, in a total quantity divisible by 12, in your cart for the discount to apply.
  • This offer applies to grain, beans, lentils, rice, or oilseeds (such as flax) that are packaged in buckets.
  • All buckets must be in stock.
  • The order can be delivered in one of two ways:

1.) It can be delivered to a business address with a forklift or dock and which is NOT also a residence. 

2.) OR the order may be picked up at the freight terminal in your area, within 3 business days of arrival. (Storage charges would start after 3 days.)

Bulk Superpail Discount

No. Buckets Bucket Discount Total Discount
36 $25 $900
48 $25 $1200
60 $25 $1500
72 $25 $1800
84 $25 $2100
96 $25 $2400
108 $30 $3240
120 $30 $3600
132 $30 $3960
144 $30 $4320
156 $30 $4680
168 $30 $5040

Orders of 36 buckets or more will receive the discounts above automatically, in your shopping cart. Please give us a call or email if you have any questions!


Durum wheat.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 c. (81g)
Servings Per Container:
Amount per serving
Calories 325
Calories from Fat 20
   % Daily
Total Fat 2.5g 3.5%
Saturated Fat >1g 2%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 23%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 3%
Iron 17%

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Allergen StatementPacked in a plant that handles milk, wheat, egg, soy & tree nuts.
Product Weight (lbs.)38 lb.
Net Weight35 lb.


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