Lavash is an Armenian flatbread made of flour, salt, and water only and is considered the country’s national bread. It is rather thin and traditionally baked along the walls of a clay oven, referred to in Armenian as a ‘tonir.’ The tradition of baking lavash bread comes from ancient times and was often done before a special event, such as a holiday, wedding, baptism, or even a regular barbecue. Lavash, its preparation, meaning and appearance as an expression of culture in Armenia, has also been included on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2014: https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/lavash-the-preparation-meaning-and-appearance-of-traditional-bread-as-an-expression-of-culture-in-armenia-00985. The main legend about lavash was surrounding the Armenian king Aram. His Assyrian counterpart threatened to completely deprive the Armenian king of food for 10 days. Then, on the 11th day, the two would participate in an archery competition, and whoever won would be declared the stronger of the two. King Aram ordered his servants to pack lavash into his shield. Since lavash is a thin flatbread, it was easy to stuff inside without having the Assyrians know about it. He would eat the lavash inside the shield, which is how he managed to keep up his strength. On the competition day between the two kings it was King Aram who prevailed, thanks to the strength provided to him by the lavash hidden inside the shield. If you visit many Armenian villages, you might be able to find homes where people still have tonirs or clay ovens that are dug into the ground to make lavash.
We opened House of Lavash with one goal in mind, that is to make sure our community has access to freshly baked lavash flatbread, that is the thinnest, the healthiest and the lowest in calories bread you can get. We do not use any artificial flavors, fats, sugar or yeast. Indulge your senses in the exquisite offerings of our one-of-a-kind Armenian bakery, where each bite of our super airy and organic lavash bread and our famous gata pastry is a journey through layers of unparalleled flavor and craftsmanship. From the moment you step inside, the aroma of freshly baked delights envelopes you, setting the stage for a culinary experience like no other.
We are conveniently located on Cushing Avenue, off of Cushing Square with plenty of street parking. You can also place your order via our website for ready to go pickup or for shipment anywhere throughout the United states.
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7 Cushing Avenue, Belmont, Massachusetts 02478, United States
09:00 am – 06:00 pm