Fun Facts You Might Not Know about Bagels
A bagel is a delicious choice for breakfast or as a snack at any time of the day. Here are some interesting facts you might not know about the bagel.
• What sets bagels apart from other types of bread is the fact that they are boiled. Some imitations are steamed, but they do not have the same chewy and crunchy crust and are not true bagels.
• The hole in a bagel serves an important purpose. It increases the bread’s surface area, which allows for more crust formation and makes it cook faster. The hole was also helpful in the past, when bagels were sold from wooden rods.
• Bagels have been documented as far back as the 16th century. They were a staple in the Polish diet and were a common gift for women giving birth.
• The word “bagel” is derived from the Yiddish word “beygel.” All historical variations of the word have the same meaning: ring.
• The Bagel Bakers Union was created in New York in the early 1900s to regulate the production of bagels and set the basis for modern bagels. As many as 338 workers made bagels by hand in New York at the time.
• Bagels in the early 20th century were thinner and smaller than the ones we enjoy today. This made them less fluffy and chewier, but also made them go stale faster. If that happened, people would often dip them in coffee or tea.
• The most popular bagel flavor in the United States today is plain. Sesame comes in second.
• For people who need caffeine to get going in the morning but don’t like the taste of coffee, there is the “buzzed bagel.” It has a normal appearance and taste but contains the same amount of caffeine as two cups of coffee.
• Bagels have been taken into space. Astronaut Gregory Chamitoff took bagels from his hometown of Montreal along on a trip in the Space Shuttle in 2008.