Brought to the U.S. by the Melngailis family after WWII, Black Rooster’s Baltic Fruit & Nuts 100% Rye loaf is a naturally sweetened, nutritious and flavor-filled break that is perfect with your morning cup of coffee. Made with only 100% rye, and accented with hazel nuts, apricots, plums, and raisins, this hearty staple bread of northeastern Europe, or “rupjmaize,” has a unique, earthy, and subtly sweet flavor that can be eaten alone and will leaving you craving for more.
Black Rooster breads are unsliced for freshness. No wheat or other grains are used in their products.
Click the Stories tab to read about the Melngailis family and how their journey from WWII Latvia inspired them to create Black Rooster breads.
|Package Size||20 oz.|
|Allergens||Tree nuts. No wheat flour. Rye has very low levels of gluten. Made in plant utilizing wheat flour, soy, milk, eggs, tree nuts.|
|Storage Hints||Store at room temperature. Freezes well for future use.|
|Other Information||Unsliced. Texture unlike wheat bread. Use bread knife. Slice thin.|
Stories to Savor
This is a story about war, refugees, memories, and starting a new life. It is also about family and how America benefits from new arrivals that bring talent and diversity to our society.
The Melngailis family escaped Latvia in front of the advancing Red army at the end of WWII. After the war ended, they endured 5 years as displaced persons in a camp located in Germany. Millions across Europe had similar circumstances. Going home was not an option.
The family ultimately emigrated to The United States and settled in rural Pennsylvania. John’s mother made the rye breads they knew from home. It was a way to recall people and places from the past.
The Melngailis family thrived. Both John and his brother Ivars earned PhDs in science and engineering and have had long and productive careers. John is now professor emeritus in engineering at University of Maryland.
Neither John nor his brother had careers that connected to food. The motivation to launch Black Rooster breads was to honor their mother’s memory. It does more than that. These breads and all the other traditions immigrants bring to America make us a dynamic, vibrant, fascinating place.
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