Bob's Red Mill Natural Pearl Couscous is a fun alternative to pasta or rice! Also known as Israeli Couscous or Ptitim, this dish was created in the 1950s when rice, a staple in Israel, was scarce due to rationing. Wheat flour is rolled into tiny little balls and toasted. It's ready to eat in just 10 minutes! Toss with veggies, pesto, pasta sauce, use as a bed for meats or stews, or let it stand alone as a stunning side dish.