Welcome to Discoveries at the Jungle, where each month we’ll take a look at some of the most interesting, flavorful and sometimes bizarre international items Jungle Jim’s has to offer. This month, we’re featuring pasta from around the world! Last month we explored international snacks, so if you missed those posts, make sure you go back and give them a read.
It’s difficult to trace the origins of pasta, but it’s believed to have been invented around the 1st or 2nd century AD. Incredibly, It didn’t hit Italy until the 13th or 14th century! While you may think of Italy when you hear pasta, many cultures and countries around the world use pasta in their everyday dishes.
Pasta is typically made of dough that contains mostly wheat flour, but buckwheat, rye, rice and maize can be used as well, depending on the region of the world you find yourself exploring. Pasta has also evolved to contain vegetable purees such as spinach or tomatoes, mushrooms, cheeses, herbs and more, which can give the noodle itself a little flavor.
Jungle Jim’s International Market has a huge assortment of pasta from around the globe. This month we will be exploring a select handful, so now is a great time to get a pot of water boiling!
Tasty Joy - Longkou Vermicelli Noodles - China
Where you can find these: Fairfield Location: Orange 4 // Eastgate Location: Pink 7
Did you know: The Chinese are on record as having eaten pasta as early as 5,000 B.C.
JFC Yamaimo Soba - Japan
Where you can find these: Fairfield Location: Orange 3 // Eastgate Location: Yellow 2
Did you know: The three most popular pastas’ are: penne, spaghetti and macaroni.