Travel Photo of the Day: Pita

This modern sandwich bread has a long history
Staff Writer

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

When baked at high temperatures, carbon dioxide and steam inflate pita bread.

You may know pita from your favorite Greek restaurant or sandwich shop; it’s a simple bread with a pocket in the middle. What you may not know about pita, however, is that it is one of the world’s oldest breads and has traditionally had many more culinary applications than just a wrap for sandwich-sliced turkey and sprouts.

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Early civilizations in the Middle East and Mediterranean were the first to develop a pita recipe. Similar versions of this bread have different name in different locations, but the name "pita" as we know it comes from the Greek word pitta, meaning "thin, flat layers." Before developing its modern sandwich bread reputation, pita was actually once used by the Romans as a pizza crust.

Wanting to make your own pita recipe? Check out our suggestion for spicy pita chips!

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