One of the oldest prepared foods, the first productions of bread were likely made from a cooked versions of a grain paste which most likely consisted of round cereal grains and water. Throughout its existence, bread has had an array of meanings and symbolisms.
References to bread in the West and Middle East in prayer are understood to mean “basic necessity,” whereas in Christianity it appears in the form of the Eucharist during communion at mass.
Culturally, we tend to hear “bread winner” quite often when the main financial provider of a household is mentioned. Agriculturally, we hear the term “bread basket” when a prolific crop town or state is referenced.
Bread also had its political significance in 19th century Britain when the Corn Laws inflated the price of bread thus causing socio-political separations. The impact of bread in the 13th century was great to the extent that bread bakers who short-changed their customers by using less formidable grains in their bread sought heavy punishments. Approximately a half century before the half-baked crimes occurred, bread had also made its appearance in the Magna Carta.
Times have changed and the types of bread, as well as their benefits, are now many! Let us bite, uh, um, I mean, look into a few varieties of bread.