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The Truth About Pasta

gekealant wih thesshape i The Truth about Pasta Brought to you by Think Sicily The Fa Did you know? Palermo, in Sicily, is the historical home of dried pasta production, as documented by Al Idrisi, the great Arabic traveller and writer, in 1154. In "Diversion for the Man Longing to Travel to Far-Off Places" he mentioned a flourishing dried pasta-making factory in Trabia, just outside Sicily's capital. The World's Pasta Consumption (per person per year) Source: Survey carried out by IPO - Last update June 2011 United Kingdom In a year the whole of the UK consumes 2.5kg 155,546,902.5kg! To cook all that, you would need 622 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water! Olympic Pool Italy Who are the other pasta fans? As the world's largest consumer of pasta, each year Italy eats a staggering Venezuela - 13.okg per person per year Tunisia - 11.9kg Greece - 10.4kg Switzerland - 9.7kg Sweden - 9.0kg United States - 8.8kg Chile - 8.4kg Peru - 8.3kg France - 8.okg 1,572,571,546kg! The Pasta Timeline Many people believe that Marco Polo brought pasta to Italy from China, but this is far from true! It wasn't until the 180os that pasta and tomatoes were finally combined and what a combination! The Greeks and Romans had pasta-like foods, but these were baked, not boiled The Corporation of Pasta-Makers was founded in Genoa in 1574 Pasta's popularity outside Italy really grew at the beginning of the 20th century with large-scale Italian immigration to the New World Did you know? It has been found that consumption of pasta will increase the level of a chemical called serotonin in The Arab invasions of the 8th century brought a dried noodle-like product to Sicily. They soon set about mass According to legend, the Sicilian dish Pasta con le Sarde was invented when the Arabic General, Eufemio, had nothing but pasta, sardines, wild fennel, pine kernels and sultanas to feed his men during the Arab invasion of Sicily. The result became a firm favourite! the body. Serotonin is used by the brain to trigger positive feelings, so pasta makes you feel good! producing it at Trabia, just east of Palermo. Pasta Trivia! Did you know? Did you know? Thomas Jefferson, founding The word "pasta" comes from the Italian for paste, meaning father and 3rd President of the USA, was the first person to import a pasta-making press to America, on his return from Paris where he was the a combination of flour and water. American Ambassador. There are more than 600 Pasta Names: Translation: pasta shapes worldwide (many more!) but their names aren't so appetising when translated into - Farfalle "Butterflies" %D - Spaghetti "little strings" English.. The Best Bit... Eating Lighter, simple sauces go well with simple shaped ribbon noodles, such as fetuccine, linguine and tagliatelle. Full-bodied sauces complement a more complex shape of noodle, such as fusilli, rigatoni, and orecchiette. Traditional Pasta The Food Pyramid recommends we eat 6 to 11 servings of complex carbohydrates daily. A typical serving of cooked spaghetti can provide 2 or 3 of your recommended servings of complex carbohydrates! Timballo Polizzano There are two types of pasta: Vs Pasta Asciutta Pasta Fresca or Secca - Made with Durum - Commonly made with durum wheat flour wheat flour and water in Southern Italy - Made for mass supply world-wide Made with Egg and flour in Northern Italy Did you know? On April 1st in 1957, the BBC made everyone believe that spaghetti grows on trees, the first TV April Fool's Day hoax. The spoof explained how severe frost can impair the flavour of the spaghetti and how each strand of spaghetti always grows to the same length! inSicily Thinks 26kg

The Truth About Pasta

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Most of us know our Spaghetti from our Penne, but how much more about Pasta do you know?


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