March 20th is National Ravioli Day!
Interesting Food Facts about Ravioli
- The first mentions of Ravioli was in the 14th century Venus.
- The word ravioli is from an old Italian word riavvolgere (“to wrap”)
- Canned ravioli was pioneered by Chef Boyardee in the 1930’s
- “Fresh” packed ravioli lasts up for several week while fresh made lasts for just a few days.
- Italian tradition is to serve vegetarian ravioli, particularly on Fridays. Meats is served as a side or later in the meal.
Ravioli appears in In India, a popular dish called Gujiya is similar to ravioli, however it is prepared sweet, with a filing of dry fruits, sugar and a mixture of sweet spices, then deep fried in vegetable oil.
Ravioli nudi, or “naked ravioli”, refers to simply the filling without the pasta shell.
Jewish cuisine has a similar dish called Kreplach, a pocket of meat or other filling covered by egg pasta.
Today’s Food History
- 1602 The Dutch East India Company was established and the Netherlands granted it a monopoly on trade with Asia.
- 1727 RIP Sir Isaac Newton It is said that an apple fell on his head inspired his theory of universal gravitation. The apple is thought to have been the green skinned ‘Flower of Kent’ variety.
- 1932 RIP Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov,a Soviet biologist. Others had previously shown it was possible to artificially inseminate domestic animals, Ivanov developed the practical procedures in 1901.
- 1941 ‘All That Meat And No Potatoes’ was recorded by jazz musician Fats Waller.