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100% Italian Pasta: Gretal Food Products.
The online Gretal Store that allows the direct purchase from the producer of food products that represent the excellences of the Greek and Italian land, such as Greek Feta, Yogurt, Extra virgin olive oil, honey, kalamata olives, PASTA di GRAGNANO, buffalo mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, grana padano, pecorino romano, buffalo mozzarella from Campania dop, Italian salami, Parma ham PDO, Italian wine, limoncello, organic drinks and many other products. A new feature has been added to the Gretal Store.
100% Italian Pasta: How and where to buy it.
Gretal is a high quality food product company that deals with the EXPORT of Gragnano Pasta. In addition, our Gretal Store has the availability of a wide selection of Pasta Shapes that we can ship every day to your home directly from our warehouses. Our Pasta di Gragnano is produced directly in Italy and distributed from our warehouses all over the world.
100% Italian Pasta: 5 Things to Know.
1 – Pasta saved the Kingdom of Naples from famine
Pasta di Gragnano has its roots in the Valle dei Mulini, where from the 16th century the local millers transformed the local wheat into flour, even if the pasta-making tradition has very distant origins that take us back to Roman times. In the 17th century, after the famine of the Kingdom of Naples, the consumption of pasta increased strongly as Pasta di Gragnano possessed more important nutritional properties than other types of pasta. On 12 July 1845, Ferdinand II of Bourbon, during a lunch, granted the Gragnanese pasta makers the high privilege of supplying the court with all long pasta.
Gragnano City of Macaroni.
Since then Gragnano became the City of Macaroni. In the mid-1800s the town had become so famous for the quality of its macaroni that almost the entire population devoted itself to pasta production: there were more than 100 pasta factories that produced over 1,000 quintals of pasta a day. Over the centuries, the structural and architectural changes of the city went hand in hand with the production of dry pasta. One of its main streets, Via Roma, became the symbol of Gragnano pasta and was remodeled to favor the product’s exposure to the sun, thus becoming a sort of natural drying room for pasta.
2 – For the Romans it was a “Side dish”, in the 19th century it became the “First Course”
Already in the times of Cicero and Horace there was talk of “lagana”, a mixture of water and flour cut into wide strips, which is still eaten today in southern Italy. Although it was a kind of pasta, it was eaten as a side dish, to accompany other dishes of meat, fish and eggs. Only in the Middle Ages did pasta begin to spread more and to have its own identity. It was the Arabs who then spread the invention of dry pasta and it was usually accompanied by cheese and spices. In the 1600s, with mechanization and due to the increase in the prices of other foods, the consumption of pasta spread widely, especially in Naples.
The Best Italian Pasta.
The coupling with the first condiment, other than cheese and spices, only took place in the 19th century: Ippolito Cavalcanti, Duke of Buonvicino, in the famous theoretical-practical cuisine, speaks of “vermicelli with pummadora”. It was Pellegrino Artusi, Italian gastronome and literary critic, who gave pasta an independent role in the 19th century and introduced it as a first course on the Italian menu, emancipating it from the function of mere side dish.
3 – There is not only the “bronze” behind his success
Surely the key to success is linked to the centuries-old existence of the milling industry and professionalism in production. However, Pasta di Gragnano is so good for other reasons as well: it is produced with only two natural ingredients, durum wheat semolina and pure water from the Forma spring, which comes from the Lattari Mountains; the bronze drawing gives the pasta the typical roughness and roughness that allow to retain any type of sauce. The “dies” are the tools used to shape the pasta.
The Teflon drawing, widely used on an industrial level, on the other hand, gives the final result a product with a smooth surface and a glossy appearance; drying at very low temperatures, between 40 ° and 80 °, and slow, between 6 and 60 hours, depending on the formats, keeps the nutrients and organoleptic qualities of the raw material intact. Once upon a time, Gragnano Pasta was dried on outdoor racks, thanks to the particular microclimate made up of wind, sun and the right humidity. Today, static cells and tunnels are used in which hot air circulates.
4 – Mens sana in corpore sano
Pasta di Gragnano is good for the mood: it contains, in fact, significant amounts of B vitamins, such as thiamin and niacin, which help the nervous system to function well. In addition, starch contains glucose which helps the synthesis of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that gives you feelings of well-being. Among the various carbohydrates it has the lowest glycemic index, therefore it reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems and is recommended for athletes because it gives the right energy boost and is easy to digest. It can be consumed in diets, in the right quantities, and contains just 1 g of fat in 100 g of product. Durum wheat semolina is richer in protein than soft wheat.
5 – The marriage with coffee
Four formats, Fusilloni, Caccavella, Paccheri and Mezzi Paccheri, are the result of the encounter between coffee and La Pasta di Gragnano. The “wedding” was celebrated in the Church of San Rocco in the Riviera di Chiaia, in Naples, on 11 March 2017. Years of research to create a product with a dark color, coffee, and a strong taste, but always worked respecting the ancient traditions of Gragnano pasta makers, bronze drawn and slowly dried at low temperatures. Coffee powder is present at 8% in the traditional mixture of water and durum wheat semolina.
Gretal Food Products: Contacts.
The meetings can be organized in one of our offices or directly at the most important food fairs in Europe. You can meet a Gretal manager and arrange a business meeting at the following trade shows:
– CIBUS PARMA
– ALL FOOD MILANO RHO
Gretal Store has customer service available 24 hours a day. You can write us information at email@example.com or reach us by phone that you find directly on our site.
Warning: the information contained in this SITE is not intended and should not replace the instructions of any doctor or health care practitioner. Before changing your diet, consult a qualified specialist.
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