It's National Pancake Day! How Flapjacks Have Evolved Over the Last 30,000 Years


We can all appreciate a plate of delicious, fluffy pancakes, especially on National Pancake Day, which is on Sept. 26.

But this simple breakfast delight has a complicated history.

The first clues that people ate flour mixed with water was around 30,000 years ago. National Geographic says remnants of grains, likely used for a pancake-like food, were found on grinding tools from that time.

Another version of pancakes also popped up in the stomach the famous Otzi the Iceman who was found in the Italian Alps. He lived more than 5,000 years ago.

Researchers found that einkorn wheat was part of his final meal.

In the 1st century, the Romans started making flapjacks akin to what we’re used to  today with milk, flour, eggs and spices. They drizzled honey on it for sweetness.

Elizabethans turned up the volume on pancakes and flavored it with apples, rosewater and sherry.

In the late 18th century, Americans started making pancakes with buckwheat or corneal.

Throughout history pancakes developed several different monikers -- from, flapjacks to Johnny Cakes and Hoe cakes.

No matter what they’re called, we are thankful for this comforting breakfast staple.