Interesting facts about pasta

Interesting facts about pasta

  • In Italy, all pasta is called the word "pasta", which means "pasta dough" in Italian.
  • If all the pasta that Italians eat in a year turned into spaghetti, then the length of such pasta would be 600 million kilometers, pasta of this length can be wrapped around the Earth 15 thousand times.
  • According to various sources, there are from 400 to 600 types of pasta in the world.
  • Classic Italian pasta recipes use only durum wheat flour.
  • There are numerous organizations and associations of pasta producers. The most famous are IPO (International Pasta Organization) and AIDEPI (Association of Italian Pastry and Pasta Manufacturers).
  • Pasta is also awarded with its own holiday. October 25 is World Pasta Day. And in the Italian city of Gragnano on November 24, the birthday of pasta is celebrated. It hosts a pasta festival every year, and in 2010 a film was shown starring pasta.
  • Pasta is widespread in the national cuisine of most peoples, being both a self-sufficient dish and the basis of many dishes. Also used in vegetarian cuisine and as a dietary product.
  • An ancient Greek legend says that Hephaestus (in Roman mythology - Vulcan) invented a machine that made thin long threads from dough. The first machine for making and drying spaghetti was invented in Italy in 1819.
  • The very first pasta company, 'Il Pastifico Buitoni', was founded in 1827 by a woman named Giulia Buitoni. This company still exists and is one of the largest pasta producers in the world.
  • A group of British researchers have decided to dispute the Italian origin of the lasagna. In the ancient manuscript The Form of Cury, which is considered the oldest collection of culinary recipes in the world (it dates back to 1390), researchers have identified a description of the lasagne plate.
  • The introduction of pasta in the United States and the creation of the first pasta machine is credited to the great pasta lover Thomas Jefferson (US President 1801-1809). In fact, he just brought several crates of pasta and a pasta machine to the United States.
  • In 1848, the first American pasta factory in Brooklyn, New York was opened by the Frenchman Antoine Zerega. He managed the entire production from the basement of his house with the help of one horse, and dried spaghetti in the sun on the roof.
  • It is believed that it was for the convenience of eating pasta that the fork with several prongs was invented, it was invented by the Chamberlain of King Ferdinand II in 1700.
  • Giovanni Boccaccio was the first to describe pasta in literature in 1350 in the famous novel The Decameron.
  • Nikolai Gogol cooked superbly, his "signature" dish was pasta, which he cooked according to some of his own recipes and even specially traveled to Italy to learn new recipes. S.T. Aksakov wrote: "He did this business with all his heart, as if it were his favorite craft ... If fate had not made Gogol a great poet, he would certainly have been an artist-cook."
  • Alexander Dumas wrote in his "Cookbook": the British live on roast beef and pudding, the Dutch live on meat with potatoes and cheese, the Germans live on sauerkraut and smoked lard, the Spaniards live on chickpeas, chocolate and rancid lard, and Italians - on pasta.
  • The great Rossini claimed that “he cried only twice in his life: the first time - when for the first time he heard Paganini play. The second was when he dropped a pasta dish he had just cooked. "
  • In 2005, American Bobby Henderson invented a new religion - Pastafarianism, the main deity of which is the Flying Macaroni Monster. This was done in protest against the introduction of intelligent design in schools in Kansas as an alternative to evolutionary teaching. According to this new religion, the invisible Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe and deliberately embedded all evidence of evolution, testing the faith of its adepts. Followers of the Flying Pasta Monster (LMM) refer to themselves as Pastafarians (or Pastafarians) (a pun based on Rastafarianism and the Italian word pasta for pasta). In 2011, the Austrian Niko Alm won the right to be photographed on a driver's license with a colander on his head, justifying such a headdress with belonging to Pastafarianism, and in the town of Crossville, (Tennessee, USA), a monument to a flying pasta monster was erected.
  • In the summer of 2005, archaeologists unearthed a 4, 000-year-old noodle pot on the banks of the Yellow River while excavating the ancient settlement of Lajian on the banks of the Yellow River.
  • Historians believe that instant noodles appeared in China in the 16th century. There is evidence that in Yangzhou City, a magistrate chef stocked up heavily fried noodles in advance. Before serving, it was placed in hot broth.
  • Modern instant noodles were created by Japanese Ando Momofuki in 1958, making noodles from wheat flour, soaking in spiced broth and deep-fried.
  • In Japan, in the twentieth century, instant noodles and karaoke were noted as the main discoveries.
  • North Korean scientists have developed a new kind of corn and soybean noodles. In this noodles, in comparison with ordinary noodles, the protein content is doubled, and the fat content is five times higher and creates a feeling of satiety for a longer time than ordinary noodles. Due to the severe food crisis, this development is considered a technological breakthrough that can reduce the problem of food shortages.
  • There is a subgenre of Western films in Italy - spag? Tty ve stern, with particular popularity in the 1960s and 1970s. During this time, about 600 such Westerns were filmed in Italy. The most famous director of spaghetti westerns and at the same time the creator of this subgenre is Sergio Leone. The first spaghetti western is his 1964 painting "For a Fistful of Dollars." And the Italian Western "The Good, the Bad, the Ugly" is considered, according to some versions, the best Western in the history of cinema, for example, it is ranked 4th in the list of the best films according to IMDb.
  • One day, the pasta was taken to the prison by the Dutch driver Martin Veens, who was driving a truck while eating pasta. A Dutch police patrol from a helicopter filmed Veens, driving the car, holding a pot of pasta with his left hand and a fork with his right, holding the steering wheel of a 40-ton truck with only his knees. For dangerous driving, the driver was sentenced to 8 weeks in prison.
  • In Canada, Okanagan College holds an annual competition to build an unusual bridge made from ordinary spaghetti. According to the organizers, it is a kind of advertisement for engineering and science. The spaghetti bridge of this year's winner of the competition, student of the Hungarian college Nyiregyhaza Peter Sandor, withstood a load of 384 kg. The construction of the bridge model took 140 hours, and the student worked on the project for several months.
  • London has a Bluebird restaurant that welcomes animals as well as humans. The menu for dogs includes pasta "foam" with bacon.
  • Pasta is also used as bait for fishing. For these purposes, pasta (small horns or rings) is boiled and rolled in fish feed. Carps are especially fond of such food. On April 1, 1957, the BBC TV news broadcast a story about an unprecedented harvest of pasta in Switzerland. Against the background of shots demonstrating the work of peasants picking boiled pasta in the fields, the voice of the announcer told the audience about the main achievement in this field of agriculture - the same length of all pasta, which is a consequence of the experiments of many generations of breeders. After this April Fools' rally, called the classic Prank of the Century, the editors received a lot of response letters: someone was surprised that the pasta grows vertically and not horizontally, someone asked to send seedlings, and only a few expressed a slight confusion - after all, they were sure that pasta is made from flour. In 2004, a similar story was made in Ukraine.

Pasta records

  • Englishman Peter Daudeswell ate 91.44 meters of spaghetti in 12.01 seconds.
  • San Francisco produced the largest amount of pasta. The cup weighed 1480 kilograms, it was 91 centimeters high and 3.05 meters wide.
  • In 2008 in Ukraine, in the restaurant La Terazza of the Donbass Palace hotel, they cooked spaghetti 211.5 meters long, and it weighed 81 kilograms. This pasta took 13 kilograms of flour, 200 eggs and one liter of vegetable oil. It was made by the restaurant's chef Stefano Belardi with a dozen assistants in just 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • On September 23, 2010 in Falton Square in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, a 1, 119.91 kg pasta and cheese dish was created, which broke the previous record of 952.54 kg and was entered in the Guinness Book of Records ...
  • The fastest noodle maker was Simon Sang Kun Sang of Singapore: in 1994 he cut 8192 strips of noodles from one piece of dough in 59.29 seconds.
  • The largest lasagna (casserole of pasta, cheese, tomato and meat) was made in Dublin in 1990 and weighed 1, 637 kilograms.
  • On August 16, 1998, at a party hosted by Consolidated Communications to celebrate the re-release of Walt Disney's Lady and the Tramp, a 274 kg pot of spaghetti was cooked.
  • Chef Guido Markedjani from Lugano, Switzerland, made a record 5, 000 servings of pasta. To do this, it took him only 19 minutes and 21 seconds. Moreover, he not only cooked pasta, but also poured bolognese sauce. For such a number of servings, it took 500 kilograms of pasta, 120 kilograms of minced meat and 120 kilograms of tomatoes.