Proving that there is a museum for everything, we have discovered a Sourdough Library!
From cranky librarians, to those ridiculous no food policies; let’s face it, nobody likes libraries. However, we have found one that you might like to visit. Why? Because this one is filled with sourdough.
Tucked away in a quaint hamlet in German-speaking Belgium, the Puratos Sourdough Library has assembled the finest strains of grain from around the globe all in the name of bread.
Celebrating the distinct international flavours of everyones favourite type of bread, the Sourdough Library is a buttery time-capsule of 107 doughlicious creations from 20 countries. Like any good library, the venue exists to preserve the history of sourdough in one place. The aim? To ensure that bread-adoration is passed down to future generations. Lead by Chief Professor Marco Gobbetti, fellow bread aficionados analyse the international varieties so as to to identify what makes each creation so deliciously unique. These scientists take the idea of keeping what you love in a safe place to the next level.
Be warned, if you venture to Belgium expecting to taste one of the 107 crusty cobs you will be disappointed. Facilitated by the entrepreneurial company Puratos, the not-for-profit library consists of fridges filled with jars of flour, water, micro-organisms, wild yeast and lactic bacteria. Hardly the stuff worthy of Sunday brunch’s avo on toast. All the jars are untampered with and refrigerated at 4-degrees celsius. If you are a curious bread lover then you can take an interactive, virtual tour of the Sourdough Library here.
The Sourdough Library aims to promote the eclectic varieties of bread that line stomachs and clog foodie Insta-feeds everywhere. It even allows for bakers around the world to submit their creations to their website in the hope that they to will one day have a jar in the sacred fridge of yeast and bacteria.
Spend more time thinking about bread and learn more about the Sourdough Library here.