The Bottom Line: Fun facts about bread!
The Full Story:
- Breads, and particularly flatbreads, have been around for centuries. Flatbreads date back to the Ancient Egyptians. Pita bread has been in existence for at least 12,000 years in Middle-Eastern countries.
- Bread was so important to the Egyptian way of life that it was used as a type of currency. Even more interesting is the fact they revered it so much they would often place it in the tombs of their dead.
- Bread knows no cultural bounds. Across nearly every race, country and religion, bread is seen as a peace offering, and is used in countless religious ceremonies.
- The name sandwich came from the Earl of Sandwich—he granted the use of his name for this novel concept of meat between bread way back in the 1700s, and it’s persevered as a favorite food of people around the world.
- The largest pita bread was made in 2001, in Greece. The pita bread’s dimensions measured in at a whopping 6.23 feet x 5.24 feet. The depth of the gargantuan pita was 3.5 cm. How’d you like to make your lunch with that massive pita?
- Actress Betty White is actually old enough to remember a time before sliced bread. The much-loved actress is 92, while sliced bread wasn’t introduced to the public until 1928. That means Betty’s been around to savor what’s often called the greatest creation of all time for many, many decades.