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Here are today’s five things to know about Baklava:

Baklava is the ancestor of strudel.

 

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It was brought to Hungary by Turkish invaders in the 16th century.

 

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The dessert cake was created sometime before the 16th century.

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Baklava consists of 30 or more sheets of phyllo dough brushed with lots of butter, and layered with finely chopped pistachios, walnuts, and/or almonds.

 

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The origin of the name is still up for dispute: Turkish etymologists claim an old Turkish origin while others argue that the word “baklava” may come from a Mongolian root.

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1749 Nicolas Appert was born.  Appert was a French cook and inventor who developed the method of preserving food that we call canning. He originally used glass jars sealed with wax and reinforced with wire.
  • 1869 The Suez Canal opened, linking the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea.
  • 1967‘ Incense And Peppermints’by Strawberry Alarm Clock is #1 on the charts
  • 1988 Wal-Mart opened its first Super Center at Wheeler, Oklahoma. It carries fresh meat, produce, dairy products, and baked goods, in addition to other standard supermarket products and discount store merchandise.
  • 1996 The World Food Summit concluded. Delegates promised full efforts to ease world hunger.