Here are today’s five food things to know about the Bagel:

The bagel originated in Poland and it was designed for Lent.

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Its name derives from the Yiddish word ‘bengal’, meaning ‘ring’ or ‘bracelet’.

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Immigrant Polish-Jews brought the bagel to the United States.

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Automated production and distribution of frozen bagels started in the 1960s with bagel baker Harry Lender, Murray Lender, and Florence Sender.

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The hole in the center of the bagel is for multiple bagels to be threaded onto a dowel, which allows bakers to transport the bagel more easily.

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Today’s Food History

1686 Prince Louis II de Condé, known as the Great Condé, died. He was a French general who loved to hunt and had a passion for rice. Several dishes have been named for him, including Consommé Condé and Creme Condé.

1874 James Lewis Kraft was born. Founder of Kraft Co. a wholesale cheese distributor and producer. In 1916 he patented pasteurized process cheese, a low cost cheese that would not spoil. Not a great hit with the public, but the U.S. army purchased over 6 million tins of it during WW I. During the depression, it became popular because of its low cost.

1940 David Gates of the music group ‘Bread’ was born.