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!
La Moderna Pasta - Mexico
Where you can find these: Fairfield Location: Orange 11 // Eastgate Location: Pink 12
Did you know: Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, is credited with being the first person to introduce pasta to America, back in 1789.
Wang Udon Kuk Soo - Korea
Where you can find these: Fairfield Location: Orange 6 // Eastgate Location: Pink 8
Did you know: Pasta has many health benefits, as it is low in calorific value and contains various nutrients and minerals.