A suspiciously turd-like baked good found in Germany is thought to be the world’s oldest pretzel. Do not grab the mustard.
The burnt remains of the pretzel are estimated to be about 250 years old, and were discovered alongside the charred remnants of a croissant and a bread roll. The results of one 18th century baker’s screw-up is now a modern-day archeologist’s coolest find.
The burnt baked goods were found in an excavation site in the Bavarian city of Regensburg, which has proven to be a treasure trove of artifacts, including a wooden house thought to be 1,200 years old.
Regensburg mayor Joachim Wolbergs told The Local, “This discovery is really extraordinary, because it depicts a snippet of everyday life.”
Pretzels have a long history in Germany, though their invention dates back to 610 A.D. when an Italian monk modeled the doughy treat after the arms of a person in prayer. Today, people across southern Germany frequently enjoy pretzels with mustard and sausage.
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