The History of Bread

As you sit with your lunch sandwich and ponder just how complicated it would be to plan your mid-day meal if it weren’t for the discovery of bread, it might surprise you to learn just how long bread has been in the picture. Being a baker is one of the oldest professions in the world, dating back to the earliest of times. It is believed that grain was first crushed in Egypt more than 10,000 years ago, and there is some evidence that the use of grains dates back even further.

What we know as bread today is thought to have come about somewhat by accident. Most bread made back in ancient times was of a flat, unleavened variety. At some point, bakers noticed that some of their dough didn’t stay flat and rose instead. Eventually, it was discovered that this was because of yeast that occurs naturally in the air. At first, they didn’t know this was the component. All they knew was that if they left flour meal and water to sit on a warm day, it fermented and made bread rise. Now bakers don’t have to be at the whim of nature to provide the necessary and proper yeast, as yeast is manufactured in sterile environments for bakers to utilize.

Here at Great Harvest Bread Co. of Asheville, we use quality ingredients, so you can enjoy bread without additives and potentially unhealthy ingredients. Our whole wheat breads have only five ingredients: yeast, water, salt, honey, and flour that we mill ourselves from whole wheat. You can count on finding the freshest bread possible, as we do not sell bread that is older than 36 hours. Any that reaches that point is donated to local charities. Stop by our Asheville, North Carolina bakery to learn more about our bread and baked goods.