Bagels in Poland
Bagels originate in the Jewish Communities of Poland. Poland. The first known mention of the Polish word bajgiel derived from the Yiddish word bagel (בײגל) which was first mentioned in 1610 in the “Community Regulations” of Krakow. It is said that the ring-shaped bread was given as a gift to women in childbirth.
Bagels were then introduced to the US with the Polish-Jewish immigration in the 1800s. In 1907, they created the Bagel Bakers Local 338 union which further helped the ring-shaped bread become what we know today. Since then, the bread started to include a variety of flours, toppings, and flavors but still remain as they were in the 1600s.