Eden Organic Vegetable Shells are made from organic carrot, organic beet, and organic spinach, organic annatto powder, and organic golden amber durum wheat flour Triticum aestivum, the most sought after pasta making grain in the world, favored for its superior nutrition and ability to create smooth firm texture. This grain is USA high plains grown on family farms committed to building vital soil, cleansing the environment, and producing the safest most nutritious food.
Eden Organic Small Vegetable Shells are small batch hand crafted at the 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 is ground at our organic, AIB rated Superior, Michigan mill. Golden amber durum semolina is prepared at a certified organic mill. The dough is prepared in four separate batches - plain semolina wheat; semolina blended with organic carrot and organic annatto powder; semolina blended with organic beet powder; and semolina blended with organic spinach powder. Slow, thorough kneading prepares the dough. Using a traditional screw shaft 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. The pasta goes through an initial hot steam dryer to reduce moisture slowly and then to the drying room for about 16 hours. After the pasta is dry an equal amount of each of the four different color pastas are weighed and combined before packaging. 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."
Eden Organic Vegetable Shells are low in fat and are a good source of carbohydrate, protein, phosphorus, and magnesium. According to the FDA, "Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors." Eden Organic Vegetable Shells are made without salt and are sodium free.
Eden Organic Vegetable Shells are a fun to eat pasta and 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.