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!
Excellent Rice Stick Bihon - Philippines
Where you can find these: Fairfield Location: Orange 6 // Eastgate Location: Pink 9
Did you know: Approximately 2.75 million tons of pasta is made in Italy each year, while the United States produces nearly 1.9 million tons per year.
Bechtle Pasta - Germany
Where you can find these: Fairfield Location: Orange 18 // Eastgate Location: Yellow 6
Did you know: Legend has it that noodles were first made by 13th century German bakers who fashioned dough into symbolic shapes, such as swords, birds and stars, which were baked and served as bread.In the 13th century, the Pope set quality standards for pasta.
Check out our previous pasta features!
Tasty Joy - Longkou Vermicelli Noodles from China and JFC Yamaimo Soba from Japan
Erawan Rice Noodles from Thailand and AG Ferrari Pasta from Italy