Pasta is one of the world’s favorite dishes, which is loved by the young and old alike. You will probably find a flourishing pasta corner at any place in the world which stands witness to the international appeal of this Italian dish.
Here are 10 fun facts about pasta:
#1. Contrary to the popular belief, these delicious noodles originated in China and were carried to Italy by Marco Polo when he returned from China in the 13th century. Since then, pasta has become a staple of Italian dished which is the reason of its close relationship with pasta.
#2. Pasta is made by combining flour with water and typically, durum wheat flour is used for this purpose.
#3. Macaroni, penne and spaghetti are the three most popular varieties of pasta. In fact there are more than 600 types of pasta in the world, but these three are the most widely recognized ones. Pasta is available either fresh or dry and the latter can be stored for up to a year.
#4. The Greek legend mentions a device fashioned by God Vulcan, which he used to make strings of dough. Perhaps, it would be right to regard it as the first mention of pasta maker in the world. Today, pasta makers are found in many homes and restaurants.
#5. Traditionally, pasta making technique is called “al dente” in Italy. The test of well cooled pasta is that if thrown against the wall, it will not stick to it. On the other hand, ancient Romans fried their pasta.
#6. There are many ways in which pasta can be served, in baked dishes, soups and stews or mixed with pasta sauce, depending upon the fact whether you are using fresh pasta or dried pasta. Fresh pasta is used in ravioli dished while dried pasta is boiled and served with sauces. When it is boiled, pasta gets doubled in size. Lasagna, macaroni cheese and spaghetti bolognaise have been voted as most popular pasta dishes.
#7. Italy is the largest producer of pasta in the world and it churns out a whopping 1432990 tons and exports 1.7 million tons annually. It is equally known for the domestic use of pasta, with every person consuming as much as 60 pounds every year.
#8. Pasta is considered a healthy meal as it is loaded with carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, it is low in calories. The food item is equally beneficial for canines and felines as it accelerates their growth. Pasta is surprisingly affordable too, with the meal coming in budget of most people around the world.
#9. The traditional Italian way of eating pasta is by twirling a fork against the dish, In fact, eating pasta with spoon is a method of feeding on pasta, which has been popularized by the Americans.
#10. October has been recognized as the National Pasta Month while 25th October is the National Pasta Day. Christopher Columbus, who was an ardent pasta lover, was also born in this month.
Surely, you might not have heard of many of these amazing pasta facts!