Israeli couscous, also called pearl couscous, is similar to regular couscous in that it’s a small, whole grain-like food made from semolina or wheat flour. While I’ve always seen it labeled as Israeli couscous, others might know it as “pearl couscous”.
So, what does it taste like? Because of its size, Israeli couscous has a slightly chewy texture, similar to barley, and, because it’s toasted, it has a slightly nutty flavor. Like regular couscous and other whole grains, however, Israeli couscous is rather bland on it’s own, and needs to be prepared with seasonings, spices, sauces or fresh herbs.
Because Israeli couscous is made from wheat flour, it is not a gluten-free food, though it is vegetarian and vegan. Israeli couscous also has a low glycemic index, making it a healthy and high-fiber food.