Pasta facts• North Dakota produces two-thirds of the nation’s durum wheat. • “Noodle” comes from the word “nudel,” which has origins in the German language.
By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald
• North Dakota produces two-thirds of the nation’s durum wheat.
• “Noodle” comes from the word “nudel,” which has origins in the German language.
• While North Dakota is the largest producer of durum in the U.S., Arizona and California are also large producers.
• According to the American Pasta Report, about 75 percent of Americans eat pasta once a week. In fact, almost one-third say they eat it three or more times per week.
• Thomas Jefferson is credited with bringing macaroni to America, in 1789 when he returned home after serving as ambassador to France.
• Americans consume about 6 billion pounds of pasta each year. Average per capita consumption is about 20 pounds.
• Whole wheat pasta can provide up to 25 percent of daily fiber requirements in every 1-cup portion.
• To accurately prepare pasta, you should cook pasta according to the package directions. Perfectly cooked pasta should be “al dente,” or firm to the bite, yet cooked through.