Pasta

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Types

Every pasta is basically produced with water and wheat flour. However, there are different types of flour and ingredients, such as eggs, for instance, which can be added to the production process. Main types:

  • Common:
    Common Wheat flour + water.
  • Semolina:
    Special Wheat flour called semolina(more granular and yellowish) + water.
  • Durum:
    Wheat flour from durum wheat + water. It is the most consumed type outside Brazil.
  • Whole Wheat:
    It is the pasta prepared with whole wheat flour + water.
  • With Eggs:
    Wheat flour + water + eggs.
  • Colorful:
    Wheat flour + water + greens and vegetables in their formulation, as beetroots, carrots or spinach.

Origin

The history of pasta is intertwined with the evolution of humanity. For more than 6 thousand years, men found it was possible to grind some cereal and mix it with water, since then, pasta was widely accepted and increasingly demanded.

From ancient Egypt to the Arabian crossings, from the Marco Polo’s travels to Italian traditions, where the Pasta found its deepest expression, shaping the cultural identity of that country.

Over one thousand years ago, the Italians handle this pasta in hundreds of different shapes, providing a unique experience.

In Brazil

The pasta traveled in the luggage of Italians who immigrated in the early 19th century, boosting the plantation of wheat, construction of mills and organization of the first pasta factories. Since then, the passion for the Pasta has only increased and, it is currently one of the Brazilian’s most favorite food.

Nowadays, Brazil is the third largest consumer market for pasta, only behind of Italy and the USA. In 2013 only, about 1.2 million tons of pasta was consumed in the country, with sales of more than R$ 6.5 billion.

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