Welcome to our website, dear readers. Pasta is a favorite product not only in Italy. According to statistics, the Russian Federation is among the top ten countries in the world in terms of pasta consumption. This product is included in the main diet of 94% of the country’s population, and the average consumption of pasta per year is 7.8 kg per capita. At the same time, despite the popularity of this food product, we really do not know anything about it (except that they are made from flour and water). And today we decided to fix it. In the article, we have collected the most interesting facts about pasta, which should be enjoyed not only by children, but also by adults.
Italy and pasta are synonymous. But in fact, despite the fact that Italy is the capital of pasta, she is not its inventor. The first to start eating this product were the enterprising Chinese. They have been eating pasta since 5000 BC.
It is believed that they were brought to Italy from China in the 13th century by Marco Polo. But the International Pasta Organization considers this a myth, and claims they were familiar to the ancient Etruscan civilizations of Italy and the Sicilians, who cooked them two centuries before Marco Polo returned from his Far East journey. But in any case, the Italians are not the founding fathers of pasta.
Most often, we see several forms of pasta on the shelves: feathers, shells, spaghetti, bows, etc. But according to the American National Pasta Association, there are about 600 forms in existence today.
It should be noted that different forms are not only a marketing ploy for the best sale of this product. Due to their different forms, they have a number of their unique qualities. For example, shorter and hollower pasta is ideal for eating with cuts of meat or ketchup, while spaghetti is best for eating with thinner sauces.
The Guinness World Record for the largest plate of cooked pasta was set in 2015 in Poland. Then 7900 kg of pasta were prepared in one large plate. 40 chefs took part in its preparation and cooking, which in total spent 19 hours on it.
Many do not imagine how you can eat them without ketchup. It has already become a traditional addition to this dish. But people have been eating pasta without ketchup for thousands of years before humanity thought of making it with tomato sauce.
In Russia, they appeared thanks to Peter I (in general, like a number of other products, such as parsley, eggplant, potatoes, sugar beets, mint, spinach, etc.). Peter the Great hired a shipbuilder from Italy, who passed on the secret of making this amazing product. Already in the 18th century, the first factory for the production of pasta appeared in Odessa.
The most ardent fans of pasta, which is not surprising, are the Italians. Every Italian citizen eats up to 24 kg of pasta per year. The second and third places are occupied by Venezuela and Tunisia.
On April 1, 1957, BBC reporters decided to play a prank on their viewers and showed a strange documentary on their channel. This movie claimed that spaghetti grows on trees. The most amazing thing was that millions of gullible British viewers believed it. In the film, the girls walked through a garden in Switzerland, which grew spaghetti trees, and plucked noodles from them.
All pasta can be of two types:
- Fresh. Prepared just before cooking. Such pasta is usually served in expensive restaurants or cooked at home.
- Dry. These are ordinary pasta sold in stores and made from hard (original pasta) and soft (pasta familiar to us) varieties of wheat.
Many believe that the composition of instant noodles is significantly different from ordinary pasta. Incredible harmfulness is attributed to her, etc. In fact, instant noodles are made from the highest quality flour and are no different in composition from the same pasta that you can buy in any store. The only difference is in the drying process. Ordinary pasta is dried with hot air. Instant noodles are dried by immersion in a fat chamber in vegetable oil heated to 140-160 ºС for 2-3 minutes. Because of this, the noodles are more oily (20% fat versus 1% for pasta) and drier (5% moisture versus 13% for pasta).
It has been scientifically proven that eating pasta makes a person happier. According to scientists, the carbohydrates found in pasta increase the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (sometimes called the “feel good hormone”) that enhances feelings of happiness.
They contain six of the eight essential amino acids, and when combined with meat, dairy, and other protein products, they can give a person all the amino acids they need in one meal.
Today it is very fashionable to cook them in al dente. In simple words – a little raw. In many high-end restaurants, especially in Italy, they will serve you exactly al dente. However, the practice of al dente did not appear immediately. Until the 16th century in Europe, they were most often boiled until they began to stick together.
Nowadays, table etiquette is of great importance, and if you start eating dishes with your hands, especially those that are not customary to eat with your hands, you can at least surprise everyone around you. But before, it was customary to eat pasta dishes with your hands, as they were served in their pure form, without any sauces. When ketchup and other types of sauces appeared, the practice of eating pasta with your hands immediately disappeared. That’s all for us, dear readers. Thank you for paying attention to our site.