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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Bagel

The word 'bagel' comes from the Yiddish word 'beygal,' which itself is derived from the German dialect word 'beugel,' meaning 'ring' or 'bracelet.

The first printed mention of bagels was recorded in the Community Regulations of Krakow, Poland in 1610. It states that bagels will be given as a gift to any woman in childbirth.

The basic roll-with-a-hole design is hundreds of years old and provides for a more even cooking and baking of the dough.

Its hole can be used to thread string or dowels through groups of bagels, allowing for easier handling and transportation and more appealing seller displays.


Bagels were brought to the United States by immigrant Polish-Jews. By the 20th century a thriving business was developing in  New York City.

The “International Beigel Bakers’ Union” was formed in New York in 1907 by Eastern Europeans.

The largest ever bagel weighed 868 lbs and was made by American Brueggers Bagels and shown at the New York state fair in 2004.

Canadian-born astronaut Gregory Chamitoff became the first person to take a batch of bagels into space when he brought 18 sesame seed bagels with him on his 2008 Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station. They came from his cousin’s bakery in Montreal.

National Bagel Day has long been celebrated in the US on February 9.


Bagels differ from other breads as the dough is first boiled before being baked.

New York City places a special tax on prepared foods. This means that sliced bagels are taxed once as food and again as prepared food, hence creating a sliced bagel tax.

One bagel has the content of 10 per cent of an average person’s daily carb intake.

Singer Barry Manilow had a dog named Bagel. (It's offspring was called Biscuit).

Source Daily Express

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