We’ve all come to associate Bagels with New York, but believe it or not, the bagel had been around for well over 200 years before it arrived in New York in the late 1800’s. The tasty ‘roll with a hole’ was known as a beygal in its early years – a Yiddish word pulled from the German word beugel, meaning “ring” or “bracelet. It was a popular staple in the Jewish Communities of Poland way back in the early 1600s and was commonly given as a gift to woman after childbirth.
Bagels came to the UK in the mid 1800s and were originally sold in Brick Lane where you’ll still find them today. They were often displayed in the windows of bakeries on vertical wooden dowels, up to a metre in length, on racks.
Today, brits scoff their way through over 380 million bagels every year (that’s nearly 6 bagels for every person in the UK) and the UK bagel market is worth over £65 million.
If you truly love your bagels – you’ll be pleased to know there’s a day dedicated to celebrating this mighty fine bread… February 9th is National Bagel Day so make sure you’re stocked up to the rafters with cream cheese in anticipation.
One last bagel fact for you – the biggest bagel ever made was a whopping 394 kilos. That’s roughly the weight of 5 grown adults. The bagel was 6 feet in diameter and 20 inches thick.