What is durum semolina, and how is it used in pasta?

Durum is an amber-colored, high-protein wheat grown solely for the manufacture of pasta products. Of the three principal wheat types--the other two being hard and soft--durum is the hardest. It also has the highest gluten content. Semolina, the coarsely ground endosperm of durum wheat, is mixed with water to produce pasta. Pasta made from semolina is notable for its superior flavor, color, and tenderness. 
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