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Have you ever just sat there eating a sandwich or a yummy bread in Newton Centre and thought about what you were eating? Not the carbs and calories or nutritional content, but the bread itself. Who created the sandwich?  Why does bread taste so good? This time, Great Harvest of Newtonville is going to answer some of your bread questions and tell you some more fun facts about this versatile food. Soon you’ll be craving a trip the bakery to get some bread in Newton Centre. We have learned to see in bread an instrument of community between men – the flavor of bread shared has no equal. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Bread Inventions

  1. People have been eating bread since 10,000 BC… or at least a baked mix of water and flour.
  2. The Egyptians invented the first grinding stone around 8000 BC. They crushed grains to create flat bread, later on they discovered that by adding yeast the bread would rise.
  3. Marcus Virgilius Euryasaces, a freed Roman slave, invented the first bread maker in the first century. It kneaded dough in a basin and it was powered by a horse or donkey walking in circles.
  4. The first sliced and wrapped bread machine was created in 1928 by Otto Fredrick Rohwedder in a bakery in Battle Creek, Michigan. The famous phrase “the best thing since sliced bread” was coined in 1933. By this time, over 80% of all the bread sold in the US was sliced and wrapped.
  5. The color of the twist ties on bread packages depends on the day of the week it was baked. The color makes it easy for the person restocking the shelves to determine which ones are fresh and which ones need to be removed.
  6. Although the sandwich wasn’t actually invented by the 4th Earl of Sandwich, it was popularized by him. The story goes that he asked for his meat to be served between two slices of bread so he could continue gambling without being interrupted. Soon enough people started ordering “the same as Sandwich.”

Bread in Culture

  1. Almost every religious expression and communion closely relates to bread. Challah is used by Jewish families to celebrate Sabbath, Lent and Good Friday are commemorated with cross buns, and Greeks dye bread red to denote the blood of Christ.
  2. It used to be a belief in Scandinavian countries that if a boy and a girl ate from the same loaf, they were bound to fall in love.
  3. The ceremony of First Footing in Britain happens at early hours of New Year’s Day. People leave a piece of bread along with a piece of coal and a silver coin outside their doors, they believe they’re supposed to bring food, warmth, and riches for the new year.
Bread is the one food every culture and religion share. The possibilities and flavors are endless when it comes to bread. This is why you should try something new. Great Harvest of Newtonville has many great bread options. They use freshly milled grains to bake their daily breads. They’re your best bakery choice in Newton Centre. Hurry up and visit them to try something new. You can also call them ahead at 978-333-9112 to learn about their monthly specials.

Bread and Superstitions

  1. An old belief dictates that if you put a piece of bread in a baby’s cradle disease will not strike the baby.
  2. It’s bad luck to cut an unbaked loaf of bread or to turn a loaf upside down.
  3. The person who gets the last piece of bread has to kiss the baker.

Bread in Economy

  1. Ancient Egyptians used bread as a type of currency.
  2. Bread was also used as currency and credit during the Middle Ages in France. Bakers were credit brokers back then, which would make a bakery sort of a bank.
  3. A loaf of bread costs and average of about $2, it’s actually holds a strong nutritional value for such a low price.

Bread and Names

  1. We used the word crumbs to refer to tiny pieces of bread. The crumb is the inner part of the bread surrounded by the crust. When crumb breaks down into tiny pieces it becomes “crumbs.”
  2. The word pumpernickel comes from the French phrase, “pain pour Nicole.” Napoleon used to order dark rye bread for his horse, Nicole. All that Germanic ears could hear was “pumpernickel” and so the name just stuck.
  3. Cowboy Bread or Pan de Campo is the official bread of Texas since 2005.

For a Delicious Bread Loaf in Newton Centre

If you’re feeling the need to eat some bakery fresh bread after all this learning, come to Great Harvest of Newtonville. They bake their bread with freshly milled grains for a guaranteed good taste. If you want to learn more about their products and services, give them a call at 978-333-9112.
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