The Black Bread Story

Russians love bread. No, we admire bread. No, we deify it! In general, bread is the most respected food in Russian culture.

Bread and Salt TraditionThis hearty relationship between Russian people and His Majesty Bread is widely reflected in the Russian folklore. The famous Russian tradition of welcoming guests is called "Bread and Salt" ("Khleb-Sol").

There are also plenty of songs, poems and sayings about bread. I remember the slogan "Bread Is a Head to Everything" ("Hleb - vsemu golova") from my early childhood as it was on the wall of every canteen I've ever been to.

It's a historical fact that Russian people preferred black (rye) bread at all times.
Rye bread is a type of bread made with various percentages of flour from rye grain. It can be light or dark in color, depending on the type of flour used and the addition of coloring agents, and is typically denser than bread made from wheat flour. It is higher in fiber than many common types of bread and is often darker in color and stronger in flavor.

Here are the most known types of Russian Black Bread:

1) Borodinski Black Bread

Borodinski Black Bread

2) Darnitsky Black Bread

Darnitsky Rye Bread

3) Stolichny Black Bread

Stolichny Rye Bread

4) Diabetic Rye Bread

Diabetic Rye Bread

Want to bake your own Russian Black Bread?
Then you may find these recipes helpful:
Russian Black Bread from RecipeZaar
Russian Black Bread from Allrecipes
And a wonderful story about baking Black Bread from
Tea & Cookies Blog


  1. I knew there was a reason I liked Russian culture...any society that deifies bread is a good one in my book! Mmmmmmm...bread!

    We like to make pumpernickle (with rye) at our house. With carroway in it it's amazing!

  2. Isn't pumpernickel a rye German bread? It should be delicious! I'd love to have a recipe and try to bake it!


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