By Tracy Cabrera
ON a lighter note (and temporarily setting aside our woes amid the coronavirus pandemic), we celebrate today, October 25, as World Pasta Day and carb lovers around the world celebrate this culinary delight that has been enjoyed by millions since its invention.
But little do people realize that we have been eating pasta since at least 5,000 B.C. and it was only in 1995 that this delightful holiday was only established, when 40 pasta producers from around the world gathered to hold the globe’s first World Pasta Congress.
Since then, the world has joined forces each October to pay tribute to one of the most delicious and versatile foods known to man, and whether you prefer rigatoni, angel hair or pappardelle, everyone surely loves this holiday!
And this may come as a shock to know that Chef Boyardee did not invent pasta, although real-life Italian cook Hector Boiardi started the company in Pennsylvania over 80 years ago. (By the way, he accumulated a net worth of $60 million.) Honestly, the world has enjoyed this dish since the first century AD.
While legend has it that Marco Polo imported pasta from China in the 1200s, British food writer Jane Grigson believes a Canadian spaghetti company may have started that tale in the 1920s.
But we do know that dried pasta surged in popularity during the 14th and 15th centuries—mainly for its easy storage. This allowed people to bring pasta along on ships when exploring the New World. Hungary boasted a pasta factory in 1859, while central Italy’s Buitoni Company began churning out pasta a mere eight years later.
The trend moved into the present-day Czech Republic by 1884. During a stay in Paris, then US president Thomas Jefferson ate what he called ‘macaroni’, but it might have been any type of pasta. He eventually returned to America with two cases of the food stuff. Pasta’s popularity further blossomed in the United States during the late 19th century, when a large group of Italian immigrants (mostly from Naples), moved to America.
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