Dumplings were invented in the 10th century. I was reading the Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer and it was saying how they have pumpkin ravioli right now (along with pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin cereal, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin butter, pumpkin cookie butter, pumpkin body butter…etc until forever) and how ravioli was invented in the 1300’s in the region that we now call Italy. But some variation of the basic dumpling can be traced back to the 10th century.

My God. All those people who lived with out dumplings. Can you believe it? Humans have been around since, what? 200,000 BCish?* That’s 200K of dumpling-less years right there. And then tack on another 900 after the whole Jesus’-birth-somehow-changed-the-way-we-keep-track-of-time thingy. Speaking of Jesus, poor dude, on top of everything else…no dumplings. No dumplings for Buddha either. Though he looks like he’s had ALL the dumplings. He is a dumpling. No dumplings for Mohammed or Moses. No dumplings for Kali or Quan Yin. What horrors our ancestors had to live through.


*Or much, much longer if you watch Ancient Aliens.