Bread

It's portable, compact, and tastes delicious, which helps explain why bread has been an integral part of our diet for thousands of years. Why not take a moment to enjoy BREAD.

Bread
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Bread has been around since around 8,000 BC, though recent research suggests humans started baking bread at least 30,000 years ago. Windmills had appeared by 600 BC, but it was the Swiss who revolutionized the milling process in 1830s with a steel roller mill. Instead of crushing the grain, it broke it open, making it easier to separate the endosperm, germ, and bran.

Did you know that in the days of knights in shining armor, a flat round of usually stale bread called a trencher was used instead of crockery. At the end of the meal, the trencher could be eaten with sauce. Bonus: no washing up, you just ate your plate. How fab is that!

So important is bread to our lives that demand for affordable bread was one of the causes behind the start of the French Revolution.