Today, we celebrate one of the most beloved dishes in the world – pasta!
As we celebrate World Pasta Day (yes, it’s an actual celebration brought into existence during the World Pasta Congress in 1995), we are putting the spotlight on our favorite carb. Not only is it delicious, but it is easy to make and comes in many different forms.
But how much do you really know about pasta? Here are five fun facts you probably didn't know about pasta that you might want to share with fellow pasta-loving friends:
1. The exact origin of pasta remains undetermined.
Theories regarding this have been circulating for years. Some say Marco Polo brought some pasta from his trip to China. Before coming to Italy, it is also said that pasta was already in Greece. What we do know is that the first mention of pasta in a cook book was way back in 1154 by Arabian geographer Muhammad Al Idrisi.
2. There is an abundance of Guinness World Records related to pasta.
In 2017, Gordon Ramsay set the record for the longest pasta sheet rolled in 60 seconds. The largest bowl of pasta, which weighed 7,900 kg, was made in Poland in 2015.
3. There are more than 600 shapes and varieties of pasta in existence!
They are called by different names in different countries. Aside from the typical linguine, fettuccine, and spaghetti, pasta also comes in different colors, lengths, and shapes. When cooking, the sauce also depends on the kind of pasta you’re using. For example, to make carbonara, you’ll need a long and skinny pasta to match cream or oil-based sauces.
4. There are whole organizations dedicated to pasta.
There’s the International Pasta Organization (IPO) and the National Pasta Organization (NPO). They aim to increase the consumption of pasta, spread awareness, and become centers of knowledge about all things pasta.
5. The BBC aired a pasta hoax for April Fools’.
In a faux report on April 1, 1957, people were made to believe that pasta grew on trees instead of being made from wheat flour. Audiences were shown a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the a "spaghetti tree”.
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