Whether you are looking for pasta, noodles or rice, Humboldt is an international food broker with ties to manufacturers of high-quality dry goods, which are unique in that they can be transported and stored without the danger of spoiling.
Pasta and noodles are a great source of carbohydrates and essential vitamins and minerals. Any type of sauce can be added to pasta and noodles to create a hearty, delicious meal. Noodles and pasta are easy to prepare and eat – hence these dry commodities are a great addition to any food storage pantry.
Dry goods, as you would expect, go through a food drying process in which the commodity is preserved through dehydration. This method of food preservation can be dated back to 12 000 B.C. when it was used by inhabitants of the modern Middle East and Asia regions.
Traditionally, water was removed through evaporation including air, sun or wind drying and smoking. Today, dry foods typically go through electric food dehydrators or freeze-drying methods to speed up the process and ensure more consistent results.
Pasta can be defined as a shaped dough made from Durum wheat, which is then boiled in water, whereas noodles are usually long and thin in nature, and more often than not stir-fried for best results. Noodles can be made from starchy materials like rice and beans.
Pasta is a staple dish of Italian cuisine and comes in a large variety of shapes and forms. There are many varieties including long pasta, ribbon-cut pasta, short cut pasta, decorative cut pasta, miniature pasta, pasta with fillings and pasta that come in unusual shapes. Each of these types comes with an even longer list of sub types.
Noodles on the other hand, are an Asian type of staple food made from unleavened dough which is then rolled flat and cut into a variety of long thin strips with some found in forms of waves, tubes and strings amongst others. Noodles can be cooked in boiling water or fried.
Moving on to rice. There are over 40 000 varieties of rice available worldwide and tend to vary regionally. From Africa to India, there are so many varieties of rice that it would be impossible to list them all. Global production of rice was approximately 720 million tonnes in 2017 and the bulk of world rice is used for human consumption, but some are also used in domestic animal feed. Rice is an agricultural commodity with the 3rd highest worldwide production after sugar cane and maize.