What Makes A Noodle A Noodle?

It’s National Noodle Day and we’ve set out to answer one very complicated question, what makes a noodle a noodle? The answer is more complicated than you may expect. However, the story of how a simple noodle grew into such great variety, becoming the base of an endless amount of our favorite dishes today is extraordinary.

It’s highly debated whether noodles were first invented in China or Italy. Many scientists and food historians say both, and due to lack of evidence, it’s pointless to argue otherwise. In 2005, Chinese scientists discovered a 4000-year-old bowl of pasta at an archaeological site in Lajia, China. Noodle enthusiasts everywhere were jumping for joy, as it seemed to be the earliest example of a noodle in history. Scientists believe that the noodles were made of two kinds of millet, which are similar to the wheat grains that Chinese noodles and European pasta are made from today. However, scientists said it was not enough to confidently credit China with inventing the noodle.

On a quest for some answers, American food writer Jen Lin-Liu set out on a six-month trip in 2010-2011, researching noodles from Beijing to Rome, traveling along the Silk Road. She determined that noodles were documented in China earlier than anywhere in the western world. In China the earliest documentation appeared around 300-200 BC, while in the west early documentation came around 500-600 AD. Len-Liu says because of this the Chinese probably were the first to eat noodles, but that doesn’t mean they “invented” the noodle, or the pasta we enjoy today.

Barbara Santich, a professor at the University of Adelaide backs Lin-Liu, claiming there is a lack of historical evidence as to who can officially claim the noodle. She also says that Chinese noodles were made with soft wheat back then, so there is no way they could have begun making the dried pasta we enjoy today. Therefore, she adds, “Chinese noodles did not develop into what is now known as Mediterranean pasta, and pasta did not make its way from China to Italy.”

According to Santich, European pasta dates back to Greek literature, from the word “itri” or “itria” meaning a flour and water dough that’s rolled into thin sheets and cut into strips. Noting that Syria was at one time a Greek colony, these mentions transferred to Arabic. Also, the Arabs conquered Sicily and southern Italy, so it’s possible the Arabs brought pasta to Italy, exported it around Europe, and that exportation led to the various styles we have today, such as macaroni, tortellini, and ravioli. 

This all becomes fuzzy because of the vagueness of the word “noodle.” A “noodle” is defined as a long, stringy substance, but the word was evolved by the western world, making it seem synonymous, or closely related to the word “pasta.” So, long story short, Asians have been eating noodles, that probably first came from China, for many, many years, while Europeans enjoy pasta that was developed in the western world many, many years ago.

At Price Chopper & Market 32, we’re big fans of noodles and pasta, including our NEW Market 32 premium fresh pastas. We offer four great varieties including Four Cheese Tortelloni, featured in this delicious recipe for Sheet-Pan Butternut Squash, Bacon, & Brussels Sprouts Tortelloni. Pick up a package at your local store!

 

Source: https://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2016/07/29/who-invented-noodle-italy-or-china

Written by Jane Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs January 21, 2018

BOTTICELLI FROZEN RAVIOLI

There are four varieties of Premium Ravioli produced and imported from Italy: Botticelli Buffalo Milk Mozzarella and Pecorino Romano Cheese Ravioli –      Girasoli Botticelli Porcini Mushroom and Truffle Ravioli Grand Girasoli Botticelli Ricotta Spinach Ravioli Botticelli Porcini Mushroom Ravioli The Girasoli Ravioli are shaped like Sunflowers – thus the name Girasoli. The cheeses Botticelli products use are all natural, never dehydrated and are in abundance in each Ravioli.botticelliporcinimushroomravioli12 As with all Botticelli products, all of their Ravioli are Non GMO, all natural with no additives.  Botticelli Ravioli will make any pasta occasion a festive occasion pampering you with authentic Italian home cooking.  Serve with their all natural Botticelli Sauces. Look for all Botticelli Premium Frozen Pasta in the Frozen aisle in all Price Chopper/Market32 stores. Written by Jane N. Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs

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                DOLE POWEAR UP GREENS is a new line of packaged greens delivering powerfully nutritious and delicious fresh blends that can easily be tossed into a wide variety of recipes throughout the day.  From omelets, scrambles and frittatas at breakfast, to salads, sandwiches and soups at lunch, to pizzas, stir-fry and pasta at dinner, the possibilities are endless. These blends of rich dark greens are brimming with bold flavor and powerful nutrition that provide an excellent source of vitamins A, K, C and calcium, magnesium and folate as well as offering antioxidant benefits. Dole’s New Power Up line includes DOLE Power Up Baby Kale, DOLE Power Up Baby Kale & Greens, which is a blend of baby kale, baby spinach, baby green chard and baby red chard, and DOLE Power Up Spring Mix and Greens, a blend of spring mix, baby green chard and baby green kale. Look for the New Dole Power Up Greens and other Dole Salads in the Produce Department.

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                Presto Pasta is pasta that comes in convenient microwaveable steam bags.  Your favorite pastas steam to perfection in the microwave in just 2 – 5 minutes with no pot or stove required, making it super easy to make and enjoy. The remarkable thing about Presto Pasta is achieving “cooking perfection” every time in just 5 minutes!  The steam bag takes the guesswork out of cooking and makes cleaning up easy.  With Presto Pasta, preparing delicious perfectly tender pasta has never been easier. Presto Pasta is a great addition to any meal or as a main course.  Pair Presto Pasta with your favorite sauce or have it with no sauce at all.  Presto Pasta is available in a 20 oz. family size or in a multipack containing four single serve pouches inside, so measuring the perfect portion is easy. Look for Presto Pasta from Reames in the Frozen aisle. Written by Jane N. Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs

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Start your day with the tasty crunch of New Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy Cereal. It’s full of crispy flakes, crunchy oat clusters and a touch of wildflower honey.  It’s packed with 6g of protein, over two-thirds of your day’s whole grain* and 5g of Fiber per serving to help get you going and keep you going. New Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy is offered in two tasty varieties – Cinnamon Crunch and Chocolaty Almond Crunch.  Look for Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy in the Cereal aisle. *Nutritionists recommend at least 3 servings of whole grain foods each day (about 16g per serving or 48g per day).

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                San Giorgio is great pasta that makes perfect meals…..every time. Started by a young Italian immigrant in 1914 and then continuing the business under the leadership of his five sons, San Giorgio can be found throughout the United States – and is now at Price Chopper! They have something for your whole family with Angel Hair, Bow Ties, Elbows, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Thin Spaghetti and Rotini.  Did you know that the consumption of pasta increases the level of a chemical called serotonin in the body?  Serotonin is used by the brain to trigger positive feelings, so eating pasta makes you feel good! Make San Giorgio Pasta the foundation of your next meal.  Look for San Giorgio in the Pasta aisle.