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Nuremberg Is The Gingerbread Capital Of The World

November 21st is National Gingerbread Cookie Day!

Gingerbread and ginger root originated in the Middle East and migrated to Europe during the eleventh century Crusades.

  • At first, European gingerbreads where only made by Catholic monks, who usually created them in the form of angels and saints.
  • According to the Swedish tradition, you can make a wish, using gingerbread. First, put the gingerbread in your palm and then make a wish. You then have to break the gingerbread with your other hand. If the gingerbread brakes in to three, the wish will come true.
  • The gingerbread house became popular in Germany after the Brothers Grimm published their fariy tale collection which included “Hansel and Gretel” in the 19th century.
  • A doctor once wrote a prescription for gingerbreads for Swedish King Hans, to cure his depression.
  • Queen Elizabeth I of England is credited with the first gingerbread men. Queen Elizabeth I’s 16th-century reign was known for elaborate royal dinners that included marzipan shaped like fruit, castles and birds.  “She did do a banquet where she had gingerbread men made to represent foreign dignitaries and people in her court.”
  • During the 16th Century time period, gingerbread men were dished out by folk-medicine practitioners, often described as witches or magicians, who would create them as love tokens for young women.
  • Unmarried women in England have been known to eat gingerbread “husbands” for luck in meeting the real thing.
  • Nuremberg, Germany has the title, “Gingerbread Capital of the World”.
  • The “gingerbread house” became popular in Germany after the Brothers Grimm published Hansel and Gretel in the 19th century.
  • The term gingerbread is from the Latin term zingiber via old French gingebras, meaning preserved ginger.