FACTS ABOUT LAVASH
Since ancient times, women have had a monopoly on baking lavash. Traditionally, the dough would be kneaded by the most senior woman in the home, while men would have no part in the process of baking bread. Preparations for baking lavash would begin with the first rays of the sun. The work would begin by lighting the tonir – a fire would be prepared and the ceremony would usually start with prayers and good wishes. The whole process of baking lavash would be accompanied by pleasant and warm conversation, as well as songs and laughter.
The secret to the longevity of lavash: Thanks to its simple composition – flour, salt, yeast, and water, lavash is considered the bread with the longest shelf life. When dried, lavash can be stored for around one year. Before it is eaten, it simply needs to be moistened again so that it can soften, regaining its flavor and aroma.
The cultural and ceremonial significance of lavash: Lavash has made an appearance many times in various works of art; it has served as a source of inspiration for Armenian artists. Attesting to this are paintings by Grigor Khanjyan, Minas Avetisyan and many others as well as the popular cartoon The Magical Lavash, which tells the story of a boy named Naghash, who lived with his lavash¬-baking mother, eating a fair share of lavash and growing up on the bread.