Germany Eyes Heritage Status For Pretzel
BERLIN – The German government is eyeing a UNESCO heritage status for the pretzel. It is getting behind an application by the baker’s guild of Baden-Wurttemberg for pretzel baking to be recognized for intangible cultural heritage status.
The pretzel has been in use as an emblem of bakers in southern German areas since at least the 12th century.
The first point of discussion on the route to the heritage status is the question of what constitutes a real pretzel.
While the Wurttembergish variant has a higher fat content and thinner, crispier arms, the Bavarian pretzel is also not cut open at the bottom, allowing it to tear open during the baking process in a more rustic fashion.
The call for the heritage status to the pretzel with all its variations not just within Germany, but also in Austria, Switzerland, and France, might become a cross-country one.
German bread-baking and beer-brewing have already been listed in the Unesco inventory of intangible cultural heritage.