Posted on Mar 9, 2021 145
Pasta in one form or another is popular almost all over the world. Pasta is like noodles, so popular in Asian countries, although they are strictly different products and are made in different ways with different ingredients. The pasta itself, however, is often part of other, more complex dishes comprising many ingredients.
Facts about Pasta
- If all Italian pasta eaten in a year were turned into spaghetti, it would be 600 million kilometers long and could be wrapped around the earth 15,000 times.
- According to original sources, there are 400 to 600 kinds of pasta, spaghetti in the world.
- In the Middle Ages pasta spread in Sicily, which was inhabited by Arabs. They were the first to sun-dry the pasta strips. Thanks to this pasta gained the valuable property of being preserved for a long time without losing its taste.
- The classic Italian recipes for making pasta allow only the use of durum wheat flour.
- Pasta once drove a Dutch driver, Martin Veens, to jail for driving a truck and eating pasta at the same time. A police patrol from a helicopter filmed Veens holding a pot of pasta with his left hand and a fork with his right hand while driving, holding the steering wheel of the 40-ton truck with only his knees. Veens was sentenced to eight weeks in jail for dangerous driving.
- The fastest noodle maker was Simon Sang Kun Sang from Singapore: in 1994 he cut 8192 noodle strips from a single piece of dough in 59.29 seconds.
- In 1848, Frenchman Antoine Zerega opened the first American pasta factory in Brooklyn, New York. He ran the entire production from the basement of his house with the help of one horse and dried the spaghetti in the sun on the roof.
- In Ukraine in 2008, in a restaurant at the Donbass Palace Hotel, chef Stefano Belardi made pasta that was 211.5 meters long and weighed 81 kg. They required 13 kg of flour, 200 eggs and a liter of vegetable oil. It took just over an hour to cook the pasta.
- In 1957, as an April Fool’s joke, the television company “BBC” showed a story about “the achievement of agriculture. On the screen, peasants in a field were harvesting boiled macaroni, and the announcer claimed that, because of many generations of selection, it was finally possible to harvest the same length of macaroni. The TV station’s editorial office was soon inundated with a hail of letters asking for tips on where to buy seedlings for growing pasta. The prank was a success.
- Italy produces about 3,000,000 tons of pasta every year. This is comparable to the weight of five hundred thousand adult elephants (interesting facts about elephants).
- The record of eating spaghetti belongs to the Englishman, Peter Dowdeswell. He ate 91.44 meters of this pasta in 12.01 seconds.
- The word “pasta” in Italian means “pasta dough.”
- Pasta Day is celebrated around the world on October 25th. The birthday of pasta is celebrated on November 24th, a tradition in the Italian town of Gragnano. There is a large-scale pasta festival.
- According to an ancient Greek legend, the god of blacksmith Hephaestus invented a machine to make long strings of dough. In reality, such a machine was invented in Italy in 1819.
- The world’s first pasta company was founded by Giulia Buitoni. The company was called “Il Pastificio Buitoni” and to this day it is one of the world’s leading pasta manufacturers.
- The first mention of pasta in literature dates back to 1350. It was in Giovanni Boccaccio’s famous novel, The Decameron.
- The multi-tined fork was invented for eating pasta. Its author was the chamberlain of King Ferdinand II of Aragon.
- Pasta is often used as bait for fishing. Carp are fond of such bait.
- The Okanagan College in Canada holds an annual spaghetti bridge building competition.
- In 2005, during excavations on the banks of the Huanghe River, a pot of pasta about 4,000 years old was found.
- Italy ranks first in the world in per capita pasta consumption. On average, there are about 27 kg of pasta per resident of this country per year.
- Instant noodles were invented in Japan in the last century.
- Although pasta is a caloric food, it is difficult to get fat because of them, because they are quickly digested by the body.
- Pasta from Italy have been exported to European countries since the 18th century.
- In the 13th century, the Pope’s list of duties included personal control over the quality of pasta production in Italy.
- Pasta comes in many colors. Of course, artificial dyes are sometimes used, but this is a mauvais ton - good manufacturers use natural ones. The red color of pasta comes from tomatoes and the green color comes from spinach.