World's Oldest Bread is over 14,000 Years Old



A couple of year's ago we reported the discovery of 2000-year-old bog butter and now we have the world's oldest bread to slather it on!

News broke this week that scientists have discovered what is thought to be remains of the oldest bread in the world.

The charred crumbs of flatbread found in a stone fireplace by scientists working at a prehistoric dig site in Jordan are thought to be an incredible 14500 years old, reports Reuters.

The pita-like unleavened bread found in the Black desert indicates that our love of the staple food dates dates back far further than originally thought, pre-dating the advent of farming by at least 4,000 years.

While it might have been an acquired taste with its gritty and salty notes, it could be one of the first signs of actually cooking to a recipe, rather than hunting and gathering food: "This is the earliest evidence we have for what we could really call a cuisine, in that it's a mixed food product," Prof Dorian Fuller of University College London told BBC News.

Meanwhile, when the crumbs were put under the microscope Lara González Carretero, from the UCL Institute of Archaeology said: "This would be a bread made of wild wheat and wild barley flour, mixed with water, and cooked on a hearth on a fireplace," highlighting the ingredients that went into the first ever evidence of bread.

If you want to try your hand at prehistoric bread making the BBC has the world's oldest bread recipe.