Eden 100% Whole Grain Organic Udon is made of North American family golden amber durum organic wheat and a touch of Eden Sea Salt. Crafted at the Sobaya Company of Montréal, Canada using the same roll-and-cut process used for udon and soba noodles in Japan. The Sobaya Company imported Japanese equipment for North America's only certified organic, traditional soba and udon noodle factory. They make the finest soba and udon noodles in the Western hemisphere.
Eden 100% Whole Grain Organic Udon begins with freshly milled, Eden selected grain. Flour is kneaded with pure water and fine sea salt. Salt binds the dough, enhances flavor, and preserves the dried pasta. Dough is rolled out and folded onto itself eight times, then cut to length. Long strands of noodles are lifted onto racks, rolled into drying rooms, and allowed to dry slowly for up to two days depending upon thickness and ambient temperature/humidity. Dutifully tended, they are hand-cut and packed when perfectly finished. Patience and a no-shortcut approach create superior texture, flavor, and ultimately well nourished well-being.
"Best Food For Women"
Eden 100% Whole Grain Organic Udon was selected in Women's Health magazine's "125 Best Packaged Foods for Women" November 2010. Women's Health said of this top choice in the "Pasta & Rice" category, "With 15% of your daily dose of iron, zinc, and niacin, plus 20% of your day's thiamin, phosphorus, and magnesium, Eden Japanese noodle puts others to shame." ... "No need to fear these carbs." Eden 100% Whole Grain Organic Udon received the highest rating of all the foods, in all of their categories.
All Eden traditional organic Japanese pasta is packed in boxes made from recycled and recyclable paperboard, one of the most environmentally friendly packages available. According to the 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance (RPA100.com), "Fourteen trees are saved for each ton of paperboard converted to 100% recycled paperboard. Trees are critical to the sequestration of CO2 (a greenhouse gas) in North America. For each ton of paperboard converted to 100% recycled paperboard, an equal amount of recovered fiber has been diverted from municipal landfills. Production of 100% recycled paperboard uses 50% less energy than virgin grades of paperboard, thus significantly reducing greenhouse gases released into the environment."
Commercial pasta is highly refined chemically treated flour, processed in minutes through teflon dies and ultra high heat or microwave drying resulting in inferior flavor, diminished nutrition, and dubious value. Eden 100% Whole Grain Organic Udon is a wise choice. Light, delicious, and nourishing because it's made with patience, care, the best grain, and handling that enhances its value.
According to FDA, "Low fat diets rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors." Eden 100% Whole Grain Organic Udon is low in fat and an excellent source of healthy fiber, 5 grams or 20% daily value (DV) per serving. Also, "Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure, a disease with many factors." Eden 100% Whole Grain Organic Udon is low sodium and an excellent source of thiamin B1 and magnesium. It is a good source of protein, iron, niacin B3, zinc, and copper.
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."
Eden traditional Japanese organic pastas are delicious, strengthening and nourishing. With so many different flavors of Eden pastas (and beans, sea veggies, condiments, and much more ... ) you can stock your pantry and make healthy meals easily with satisfying variety. Eden 100% Whole Grain Organic Udon is cut very similar to linguini. It is versatile and ideal with dashi - shoyu soy sauce kombu noodle broth, in salads, stir-fries, and casseroles, and with your favorite sauce.
Traditional Cooking Instructions for Japanese Noodles:
Udon and Soba can be boiled just like other pasta or you can use the traditional Japanese cooking method which takes a little longer but is well worth it. This method is called the shocking method, cold water is added to boiling water several times during the cooking process creating a firmer, al dente noodle. For this method place 2 quarts of cold water in a large pot, cover, and bring to a boil. Remove the cover, add the noodles, and stir to prevent sticking. As soon as the water comes to a boil again, add enough cold water to stop the water from boiling (about a 1/2 cup). Bring to a boil again, and add cold water again. Repeat one or two additional times until the noodles are done. Periodically check the noodles by removing a strand and biting or cutting it in half. If the center of the noodle strand is white and the outside is darker, the noodles are not done. When the center of the noodle is the same color as the outside, and the noodles are firm yet tender to the bite they are done. Rinse cooked Udon and Soba noodles under cold water. This lowers sodium and prevent clumping.