The History of Bread

Grown in Mesopotamia and Egypt, wheat was likely first just chewed. Later it was discovered that it could be turned to powder and made into a paste. People then found that sour-dough, and yeast could be used for the bread around 1000 BC.

The Ancient Greeks picked up the technology for making bread from the Egyptians; from Greece the practice spread over the rest of Europe. Bread and wheat were especially important in Rome where it was thought more vital than meat.


In the Middle Ages bread was commonly baked in the ovens of the lord of the manor for a price. It was one of the few foods that sustained the poor through the Dark Age.

Today, even with the competition of a growing variety of foods, bread remains important to our diet and our psyche. It has a prominent place in at the local market, in our cupboards. In many households bread is still served with every meal.

Bread has a long history for a reason. It is a healthy and nutritious food that provides goodness for the body as well as the soul.

We at La Med continue this tradition of history and the development of bread originating out of the Mediterranean.