What is the history of Pita Bread? Where does it come from?

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I work in an elementary school and a child was eating pita bread and was wondering where pita bread originated from.

What is the history of pita bread?

Thanks, Brandon Branfran@aol.com

-- Anonymous, January 11, 2001


The Pita is a greek term meaning "Bread Pie" We are familiar with this pocket bread form which gained amazing popularity during the 80's as a great alternative to the traditional sandwich.

The Pita bread is a simple bread dough, leavened with yeast or levain, rolled thin, then baked on a stone surface. The high heat of the stone caused a rapid steam expansion, which in turn bubbles and blisters the center opening. After baking, the bread is cut in half revealing a pocket interior. (Mass produced versions are now baked in different manners, although the product is not quite as rustic or interesting).

Historically, the Pita was one of the Earth's first hand held fast food concepts. There are many pitas of varying forms, flavors, shapes and sizes. Another popular and historical treat is the Pita made with Phyllo. Phyllo is a crispy layered flaky crust (as used in Baklava) used in a greek treat know also as a "Pita". Tiropitas are cheese (Feta) filled pies with fresh herbs, cured meats, olives, roasted peppers, salt cod, you name it. You may have already tasted a version of this as it has become a popular hors d' ouvre here in the U.S. know as the Spanakopita, which is a spinach and cheese filled triangle appetizer served warm.

Almost every country has a version of this popular treat which may or may not have been the result of early travelers or just simple ingenuity. In America these are called pies, Spain and Mexico have Empanadas, in Asia they are know as the Humbau.

I hope this answers you question. You may be able to purchase some of the Spanakopita or Pita bread at you nearest variety market or feel free to E-mail me back and I will be happy to step you through the procedure.

Thank you,

Joshua Shroll R&D

-- Anonymous, January 12, 2001

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