EDEN Organic Kamut & Buckwheat Rigatoni is one of our 100 percent whole grain pastas that provide essential whole grain nourishment from 60 percent organic whole grain Khorosan wheat and 40 percent organic whole buckwheat. These two ancient grains provide a powerhouse of nutrients and their tube shape is fun to eat. The only Italian style pasta made with this unique combination of two whole grain flours.
EDEN Organic Kamut & Buckwheat Rigatoni is small batch crafted at the Eden Organic Pasta Company, a Detroit landmark employing 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. The Khorosan and buckwheat flours are prepared in at our organic, AIB rated Superior, Clinton, Michigan mill. The two flours are blended and mixed with purified water. Slow, thorough kneading prepares the dough. Using a traditional rotating screw press, the dough is extruded through an artisan brass rigatoni (tube shaped) die, cut into individual pieces, and spread on drying racks. A patient drying process using steam and air finishes the pasta perfectly. Rigatoni spend about 16 hours in the final drying room. 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."
Khorosan Triticum turgidum spp. turanicum is an ancient grain with large golden kernels native to Asia Minor and Egypt, often referred to as 'King Tut's' wheat. It is closely related to the ancient grain spelt, and is a distant relative of durum wheat. Its plump golden kernels, called 'berries', are 3 times the size of modern wheat. Khorasan was introduced to America by and organic farmer in Montana in the 1940s. It is a rare non hybridized grain that offers the highest protein of any wheat. Khorasan's protein structure (gluten) is highly water soluble, and many people with intolerance to other wheat find that they can thoroughly enjoy Khorasan wheat.
Buckwheat Fagopyrum esculentum or F. sagittatum is very low in gluten. As with kamut, the gluten that it does contain is highly water soluble and can be easily enjoyed by those with allergies to common wheat. Buckwheat is nature's best source of rutin, a very beneficial vitamin C complex flavonoid.
Whole grain is the heart of a healthy diet providing the broadest spectrum of nutrients in the proportions that we need to grow and thrive. Commercial pasta is made from highly refined, chemically treated flour, processed in minutes through Teflon dies and ultra high heat or microwave drying that results in inferior flavor, diminished nutrition, poor cooking quality, and questionable value. A much better choice is EDEN Organic Pasta with whole grain nourishment to enhance energy and promote healthy weight and blood sugar levels.
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 in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers." Also, "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 Organic Kamut & Buckwheat Rigatoni is 100% whole grain, low in fat, low saturated fat, cholesterol free, and rich in dietary fiber. Furthermore, "Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors." EDEN Organic Kamut & Buckwheat Rigatoni is made with no salt added and is very low sodium. They're an excellent source of phosphorus and magnesium, and a good source of protein, carbohydrate, iron, thiamin (vitamin B1), niacin (B3), and zinc.
When you bite into EDEN Organic Pasta, the flavor and character of the grain is evident. Unlike commercial pasta it holds its texture without becoming mushy, and does not cause sleep inducing carbohydrate overload. EDEN Organic Pasta is made from fresh, unbleached, non enriched flour. It doesn't need to be enriched because we have not stripped the nutrients our of the grain. EDEN Organic Pasta enhances energy, balance, clarity, and well being.
EDEN Organic Kamut & Buckwheat Rigatoni, with its wide tube shape and outside ridges is an excellent choice for casseroles and pasta salad, and with thick chunky marinara and creamy sauces. Delicious in our Pasta Primavera in the recipe section.