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!
Erawan Rice Noodles - Thailand
Where you can find these: Fairfield Location: Orange 5 // Eastgate Location: Pink 8
Did you know: There are over 600 types of pasta, and some have over 1300 names.
AG Ferrari Pasta - Italy
Where you can find these: Fairfield Location: Yellow 7 // Eastgate Location: Green 6
Did you know: The traditional Italian way of cooking pasta is known as ‘al dente’.
Check out our previous pasta features!
Tasty Joy - Longkou Vermicelli Noodles from China and JFC Yamaimo Soba from Japan