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Authentic dark rye bread. Feed your family well!

Updated on May 25, 2010

Russian Style Rye Bread

Russian Borodinsky Rye Bread - one of the strongest tasting rye breads
Russian Borodinsky Rye Bread - one of the strongest tasting rye breads

Rye Plant

Rye is a grain which grows in colder climates and is very popular in Northern Europe
Rye is a grain which grows in colder climates and is very popular in Northern Europe

What is rye?

Rye is a grain from the same family as Wheat. It is popular in northern and eastern Europe, with countries like Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Germany and Poland being major Rye producers. The plant is relatively unknown in the United States.

Rye has several advantages over wheat in terms of nutrition, particularly because the seed cover is harder to separate from the seed, resulting in more nutrient rich flour


Borodinsky Bread

Borodinsky Bread
Borodinsky Bread
Nutrition information
Nutrition information

Rye Breads

Rye breads have existed for a very long time and commonly accompany all meals in many northern and eastern european cultures. They are made from a mix of wheat and rye flour, although pure rye varieties also exist.

The distinguishing feature of rye breads is their strong flavor and rich texture. It's not hot, but more spicy. Chances are if you like beef jerky, you will like rye breads.

There are multiple varieties of rye breads on the market, usually sold through small bakeries or online retailers. This page focuses on Russian Dark Rye Bread, usually sold online.



What foods complement Rye breads?

Because of their strong flavor and rich texture, rye breads go well with a variety of meats, with Ruben Sandwich being one of the better known ones. Ham and cheese sandwiches are also very good.

A favorite of mine is the sourcream sandwich - simply adding some sour cream on a toasted piece of dark rye bread, resulting in a great combination of flavors.

Rye breads make good breakfast food, and because they are stronger than wheat breads, they can be used in a variety of toasting recipes, including cutting a hole in the bread slice and using the hole to fry an egg on a frying pan, resulting in a delicious egg sandwich.

Any bread, when eaten with soup would expand and make you feel fuller for longer. Toasted Rye bread complements many soups really well!

Rye Beverages

Rye Kvas from the Ukraine. This is a typical rye beverage turned into soda-like drink
Rye Kvas from the Ukraine. This is a typical rye beverage turned into soda-like drink
Rye Kvas has a strong, beer-like taste and looks rather dark
Rye Kvas has a strong, beer-like taste and looks rather dark

Rye Beverages

Like most grains, Rye has been used to make beverages. Some Vodkas are made with Rye, but the best known (or unknown in the US) rye beverage is Kvas. It is a non-alcoholic beverage, which is made by fermenting rye base with sugar, using yeast.

Kvas has a dark drink with rich flavor and an undeniable aroma of Rye. It is the closest thing one can have to a beer. The drink is fermented and is sparkly, similar to apple cider. 


Rye Crackers

Imported Rye Crackers
Imported Rye Crackers

Rye crackers

Rye has traditionally been the food of lower class people, and the bread preservation secrets live to these days. One of such methods is by drying bread and applying strong spices to add flavor to bread, resulting in a delicious snack.

Such crackers have a strong, non-spicy flavor and aroma, and are great to eat with beer or harder alcohol. 

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