Golden, fresh, tasty and full of benefits, albanian jufka are one of the most traditional food in Albania.

Today, the preparation of jufka is not just a tradition, it has become in a real bussines for many producers. A business that is widely recognized not only in the region but also across the ocean, toward American markets.

Some manufactures of Dibra, which have long been running their dairy production activities, have been linked with distribution companies in the United States by supplying these delicious Albanian products on the American market.

Jufka is one of the typical products of the area of Dibra, in eastern Albania, and is well known for its taste and artisanal preparation.

Jufka is a type of traditionally prepared, handmade pasta. It is usually made with high quality, whole-wheat durum (Triticum durum) flour ground in water-powered mills. The flour is mixed with milk, eggs (four yolks plus four whole eggs per kilogram of flour) and salt. The dough is left in a dry place for 1 – 5 days to naturally ferment.

Then, the dough is rolled out and cut into thin, ribbon shaped noodles, which are left to dry. After drying, the jufka can be stored in paper boxes, in bags or wooden boxes. It is important that the noodles are well ventilated to prevent mold.

Jufka has also been discovered in the Arbëreshë community, a community of Albanians living in Italy since 1480; this dates jufka as a centuries-old, traditional Albanian product. It is mainly prepared by women in the households of Dibra.

Given the limited employment opportunities in the area, as well as the desire to expose jufka to a wider audience, a group of women from the village of Vakuf have taken the initiative to organize an artisanal production of jufka for commercial sale.

Jufka provides you with energy, as well as essential nutrients in the form of fiber, vitamins and minerals. They provides beneficial carbohydrates.

Jufka is a perfect foundation for healthy, nutritious and satisfying meals. Like homemade pasta, they are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, which provide a slow release of energy. Unlike simple sugars that offer a quick, yet fleeting boost of energy, Jufka helps sustain energy./AgroWeb.org