It's International Pasta Day - time to celebrate our love and addiction
Fun facts and lots of photos as a display of my personal love for Pasta!
October 25th - the day at which roughly 7 billion people are free to display their appreciation to a kind of food that just spells "Eat me and you'll love me!" in every language in existence. Any culture has their own version and our love towards it sometimes grows to a full-fledged addiction. But what do we actually know about Pasta?
There are many myths and legends surrounding the origin of the Pasta, including being first cooked in China and then imported to Italy by Marco Polo, but no proper historical evidence has been dated this far back. The important thing to know is that Pasta hasn't really evolved since ancient times. Because when you have something really good, there's no point of changing it!
Before any machinery was available, Pasta was traditionally kneaded by foot! And it's something that still lives in Japan, as James May showed us while preparing noodles.
There are approximately 600 different shapes of Pasta! And about four times as many names as there are shapes! With that in mind, we mostly know nothing.
People were once fooled into thinking that Pasta grew on trees! On April 1, 1957, BBC aired a prank documentary about spaghetti crops in Switzerland that showed farmers, harvesting spaghetti from bushes. The humorous video was met with confusion, including a portion of viewers wondering where they could buy their own spaghetti bush.
October 25th is the actual international Pasta day, and not January 4th, which is a National Spaghetti Day in the US of A!
Italy produces a lot of Pasta per year. How much? The equivalent weight of around 400 000 fully grown elephants! And Italy eats a lot of it - the average Italian consumes 23+ kilograms of Pasta per year! If we stretch this amount to a spaghetti shape, then the Italians consume 600 million kilometres of spaghetti! That's enough spaghetti to wrap around the planet roughly 15 000 times!
And the whole world consumes a lot of Pasta as well. The 2020 saw 17 million tonnes of Pasta being eaten - a rise with one million tonnes, compared to the previous year!
Eating Pasta will make you happier! It’s hard science - the carbohydrates in Pasta increase the body’s production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that trigger feelings of happiness and well-being.
Not all Pastas are meant to be enjoyed with all sauces. Long, flat Pasta such as fettuccine and linguine are best paired with creamy sauces, which cling better to that particular Pasta shape. Thicker, chunkier tomato sauces go better with Pasta sporting a short, tubular or spiral shape, like rotini and fusilli.
Reasons to love Pasta:
According to the International Pasta Organisation (yes, there is such), these are the five reasons to passionately love Pasta, much like I do:
1) Pasta is good for you and the planet!
2) Pasta is the pillar of the famous Mediterranean diet!
3) Pasta gives you energy that keeps you full for longer!
4) Pasta does not make you obese!
5) Last, but not least - Pasta is tasty and brings people together!
My love for Pasta runs deep within my veins and I can never ever get enough of it. Some might even call that an addiction, but it's fine for me - it's something good and nothing harmful. I can eat Pasta all day, every day, for the whole year and I'll never get bored of it. I can think of only one photo to show my love and appreciation towards Pasta and it's below.