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Celebrate World Pasta Day on October 25

Canadian durum's superior yellow pigmentation, high protein content, good gluten quality, and semolina yield make it a prized wheat for pasta. (CNW Group/Cereals Canada)
A field of Canadian durum against a bright blue Prairie sky. (CNW Group/Cereals Canada)

October 25 is World Pasta Day. Did you know Canada is the world’s leading exporter of durum wheat? Grown exclusively on the Prairies, 23 million tonnes of Canadian durum was exported to 49 countries – including Morocco, Algeria, Italy, the United States, Peru, and Japan – over the last five years.

Canada’s durum wheat makes up over half the world’s durum exports, loved for its colour, protein content, gluten quality and semolina yield.

“CWAD provides the beautiful, bright yellow colour that pasta makers—and pasta lovers—look for,” says Kasia McMillin, Cereals Canada technical specialist, end-products Asian products and pasta. “As for texture, pasta made with Canadian durum has a satisfying, firm bite quality that is inherent of its protein content and gluten strength. I think CWAD makes the best pasta in the world.”

Cereals Canada has some ideas on how you can celebrate World Pasta Day. First, eat some pasta! It’s delicious, economical and everyone loves it. Invite some friends and family, and make it a potluck. Look for pasta make with 100 per cent Canadian durum semolina – just check the label. And, finally, share the love on social media with the hashtags #CelebrateCanadianDurum and #WorldPastaDay on Twitter and Instagram. Share a photo of your pasta, and tell everyone how much you love Canadian wheat.

Did you know? World Pasta Day was first celebrated in 1995 when 40 pasta producers from around the world gathered to hold the globe’s first World Pasta Congress.

Cereals Canada is the national, not-for-profit, industry association representing the Canadian cereal grains value chain.


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