The guy at the Kaiser organic bakery stand on the market spun what sounded like a pretty tall tale yesterday.
"Essener bread has nothing to do with Essen (Ed: a city in Germany's Ruhr industrial heartland)" he said "No, it's over 2000 years old"
(Customer looks for traces of mould)
"Not the BREAD, the recipe" he says and rambles on about fermented sprouts and this and that and Jesus's local bakery and that I can check it all out online (which is exactly why I'd pulled out the iPhone...)
And it's all true.
The Essene supposedly flourished from the 2nd century BC to the 1st century AD and supposedly the keepers of the Dead Sea scrolls.
Also supposedly descended from Zadokite priests the Priest.
And their bread - fermented wheat sprouts, ground up and baked at a low temperature - was supposedly the original manna.
Toasts very well.
Not "supposedly", either.