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Types of Bread in Iran

Over here we have four kinds of traditional bread: Barbari, Lavash, Taftoon, Sangak. I would upload a picture of each so you can understand how they look like:
Sangak

Lavash

Except Sangak which is brown bread all other three types are white bread. Sometimes bakers put sesame on Sangak and Barbari to make it more delicious. We have rolles and baguettes as well which are cooked in seperate bakeries from traditional bakeries. It has been only 30 years that these new types of bread is being produced over here, there was no baguette or roll before that. In Iran bakeries only sell bread, for buying cakes, biscuits and sweet you should go to confectionary shops.
In Iran, especially in the past, bread was considered a gift from God and was rather holy. If people see a piece of bread on the pavement, they would pick it up and put it somewhere else, for example on a windowsill because they think it is disrespectful to leave a God-given gift on the floor under others’ feet carelessly. I remember once when I was younger I threw a piece of bread on the table and my father told me not to do so because it is bad. Two or three other times I saw my father swear on bread while he was talking, he said “I swear on this holy gift, …”. You can still see some people bend on the floor in streets, picking up a piece of bread which a careless passerby had thrown there and sometimes even pressing it to their forehead as a sign of respect then put it on a sill. I don’t know why, but seeing this makes me happy, probably convince me people still keep some old good Iranian believes.

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