Black Rooster Food brings you nutritious and flavorful old-world sourdough rye breads baked by hand in Brooklyn, NY using ancient Latvian recipes. Unlike commercially-produced rye breads, Black Rooster ryes contain no wheat flour and they stay fresh and tasty for weeks. You can order it here and find us in a growing number of shops and restaurants.

“This is powerful stuff that reminds you of why bread is called 'the staff of life.' I am pretty sure you could live on it alone.”

- Ruth Reichl, former editor-in-chief of Gourmet Magazine and NYT restaurant critic.


One hundred percent sourdough rye bread is a staple in and central to Latvian culture, identity, and culinary practice. For over a thousand years Latvians have been baking this bread—using rye flour, rye sourdough starter, a hint of caraway, and little else—in 900°f wood-burning ovens.

On long voyages, Baltic sailors fill the holds of their ships with this bread because it naturally stays good for months. Like rice in many Asian countries, rye bread ( known as rupjmaize in Latvian) is considered holy. It is never wasted. To leave it bottom side up on the counter is considered disrespectful...but if you forget, that's okay, because our bread won't stale quickly. And if it's been 5+ weeks and the edge has dried out, don't worry, the favorite Baltic beer snack is fried rye bread croutons tossed in garlic butter. (It also makes excellent bread pudding.)

In Scandinavia, especailly Denmark and Sweden, rye bread forms the foundation of their excellent open-faced sandwiches. Unlike their Scandinavian, German, and Russian cousins, our Latvian rye bread is absolutely wheat-free and is considered the ne plus ultra of rye breads.



Ingredients: Rye flour, rye sourdough, rye malt, caraway seeds, salt, a touch of sugar (to promote sourdough fermentation), and a pinch of yeast. Each 1/4-inch slice (50 grams) of Black Rooster Baltic Rye provides:

  • 3 grams of protein
  • 4 grams of fiber (16% RDA)
  • 27 grams of carbohydrate (9% RDA)
  • 170 milligrams of sodium (7% RDA)
  • 140 calorie

Nutritional studies in Scandinavia revealed that breads made with 100% rye contain more fiber, vitamin E, riboflavin, folacin, and disease fighting antioxidants than wheat based breads. Furthermore, rye bread is much lower on the glycemic index than other conventional grains. Rye bread is also recognized as having anticarcinogenic qualities that are particularly well-suited to reducing the risk of prostrate, breast, and colon cancers.


For decades bread lovers hungering for 100% healthful sourdough rye have had to freight it from Europe at high cost. Now, thanks to Black Rooster Food, you can buy it, made in USA, in your neighborhood or online.


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    2245 Broadway at 80th Street
    Upper West Side, NY

    Broad Branch Market

    5608 Broad Branch Road NW
    Washington, DC

    Formaggio Kitchen

    244 Huron Avenue
    Cambridge, MA

    Russ & Daughters

    179 East Houston Street
    Lower East Side, NY

    Ivy City Smokehouse

    1356 Okie Street
    Washington, DC

    Formaggio Kitchen - South End

    268 Shawmut Avenue
    Boston, MA

    Fairway Market

    • 2131 Broadway @ W. 74th

    • 240 E. 86th St.

    • 766 6th Ave @ W. 26th
    New York, NY

    Moti's Market

    4860 Boiling Brook Parkway
    Rockville, MD

    Baltic Deli & Cafe

    632 Dorchester Avenue
    South Boston, MA

    Shelsky's Brooklyn Bagels

    • 141 Court Street

    • 453 4th Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY


    4960 Bethesda Avenue
    Bethesda, MD

    Cardullo's Gourmet Shoppe

    99 Seaport Boulevard
    Boston, MA

    6 Brattle Street
    Cambridge, MA

    Foragers Market

    233 8th Avenue
    New York, NY

    Rodman's Discount Gourmet

    5100 Wisconsin Avenue
    Washington, DC

    5148 Nicholson Lane
    Kensington, MD

    Wasik's - the Cheese Shop

    61 Central Street
    Wellesley, MA

    Westside Market

    2589 Broadway
    New York, NY

    2840 Broadway
    New York, NY

    Uptown Market

    4465 Connecticut Avenue NW
    Washington, DC

    Concord Cheese Shop

    29 Walden Street
    Concord, MA

    Schaller & Weber

    1654 2nd Avenue
    New York, NY

    88 Essex Street
    New York, NY

    Wagshal's Market

    4845 Massachusetts Avenue NW
    Washington, DC

    Berkshire Food Co-op

    34 Bridge Street
    Great Barrington, MA

    Old World Food Market

    40 NY-59
    Nyack, NY

    Kielbasa Factory

    1073 Rockville Pike 

    Rockville, MD


    Norman's Farm Market
    (2 locations)

    (Memorial Day thru October)

    • Jones Mill Rd at East West Highway

    Chevy Chase, MD

    Madeleine's French Patisserie & Market

    32644 Franklin Rd Franklin, MI 48025

    • 5511 Massachusetts Ave, Bethesda, MD