EDEN Organic Small Vegetable Shells are small batch hand crafted at our Eden Organic Pasta Company, a Detroit landmark using traditional pasta making techniques and vintage Italian equipment since 1923, and the first food production facility in North America to be third party certified organic. Whole grain durum flour is milled at our organic, AIB highest rated, Clinton, Michigan mill. Golden amber durum semolina is prepared at a certified organic mill. The dough is prepared in four separate batches - plain durum wheat and semolina wheat; durum wheat and semolina wheat mixed with carrot and annatto powder; durum wheat and semolina wheat mixed with beet powder; and durum wheat and semolina wheat mixed with spinach powder. Slow, thorough kneading prepares the dough. Using a traditional screw press, each of the four separate batches of dough is extruded through an artisan brass sea shell die, cut into individual pieces and spread on drying racks. It goes through an initial hot air/steam dryer to reduce moisture slowly, and a final drying room where it spends about 16 hours. When ideal it's packed. Each step helps to create pasta of exceptional flavor, texture, and character. The pasta is packaged in a reclosable box, with a delicious recipe and photo from Eden's kitchen printed on the back.
All EDEN Organic Pasta is packaged in boxes made from recycled and recyclable paperboard, one of the most environmentally friendly packages available. According to the 100 percent Recycled Paperboard Alliance (RPA100.com), "Fourteen trees are saved for each ton of paperboard converted to 100 percent recycled paperboard. Trees are critical to the sequestration of CO2 (a greenhouse gas) in North America. For each ton of paperboard converted to 100 percent recycled paperboard, an equal amount of recovered fiber has been diverted from municipal landfills. Production of 100 percent recycled paperboard uses 50 percent less energy compared to virgin grades of paperboard, thus significantly reducing the greenhouse gases released into the environment."
Whole grain is the heart of a healthy diet providing the broadest spectrum of nutrients in the proportions that we need for good health and well being. Commercial pasta is made from highly refined chemically treated flour, processed in minutes through Teflon dies and ultra high heat or microwave drying, resulting in inferior flavor, diminished nutrition, poor cooking quality, and questionable value.
Scientists at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University say, "Whole grains help regulate blood sugar by slowing down the conversion of complex carbohydrates into sugar. In fact, low-glycemic index foods such as whole grains reduce hunger and can help to control weight." Scientists at the Agriculture Research Service completed a study of more than 2,000 people concluding, "at least three or more servings of whole grain foods everyday could reduce the chances of developing metabolic syndrome - a condition marked by a combination of abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, poor blood sugar control, low HDL 'good' cholesterol and high blood fats."
According to the FDA, "Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods and low total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers." They also state, "Low fat diets rich in grain products, fruits, and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors." EDEN Organic Small Vegetable Shells are made with 60 percent whole grain, are low in fat and saturated fat, cholesterol free, and a good source of dietary fiber. Furthermore, "Diet low in sodium may reduce the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors." EDEN Organic Small Vegetable Shells are very low in sodium with no sodium added. They are an excellent source of riboflavin B2 with 45% of the recommended daily value (DV) per serving. A good source of carbohydrate, protein, iron, thiamin (B1), niacin (B3), phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc.
When you bite into EDEN Organic Small Vegetable Shells the flavor and character of the whole grain and organic vegetable powders is evident. Unlike commercial pasta it holds its texture without becoming mushy, and does not cause sleep inducing carbohydrate overload. EDEN Organic Small Vegetable Shells are made with fresh, unbleached, non-enriched flour. It doesn't need to be enriched because the grain has not been stripped of its nutrients. EDEN organic pasta enhances energy, balance, clarity, and well being.
EDEN Organic Small Vegetable Shells are a fun to eat pasta and are an excellent choice for soups, casseroles and pasta salad, or served with thick, chunky marinara or rich creamy sauces. A delicious, beautiful and versatile pasta. Beautiful, delicious, and fun in Pasta Bean Salad in our recipe section.
Organic Whole Grain Durum Wheat, Organic Golden Amber Durum Wheat Semolina, Organic Beet Powder, Organic Spinach Powder, Organic Carrot Powder, Organic Annatto Powder