Do you love bread? It’s an important part of many of our favorite foods. Peanut butter and jelly would be very hard to eat without bread. Can you imagine pizza without a crust? Messy! Hamburgers and hot dogs just wouldn’t be the same without buns, either.

If you like Middle Eastern or Mediterranean food, there’s one type of bread you’re probably already familiar with. What is it? The pita, of course!

Traditional pita bread is a round bread with a pocket in the middle. Pita bread must be cooked in ovens that can get extremely hot (at least 700° F). The pocket in a pita is made by steam, which puffs up the dough during the baking process. When the bread cools, it becomes flat again but a pocket is left in the middle of the bread.

The pockets in pita bread make them perfect for making sandwiches, wraps and other types of recipes you can hold in your hand. For example, pita bread is used for popular Middle Eastern dishes, such as gyros and falafel.

The word pita comes from the Greek word meaning “flat” or “solid.” It is the western word used to describe Arabic bread called khubz, which is a basic flat, round, wheat bread usually baked in a brick oven.

Pita bread is often cut into smaller pieces and used to scoop sauces and dips, such as olive oil and hummus. In this way, they’re used like tortilla chips. Some manufacturers have started to use pita bread to make special seasoned pita chips that are crunchier and thicker than regular chips.

In the western world, though, pita bread has become popular due to its pocket that makes it convenient to use to make sandwiches. Almost anything, from meats and cheeses to vegetables and salad, can turn a pita into a tasty sandwich.

Pita pockets are used in many other places around the world to make traditional sandwiches. For example, Greek cooks often use pita pockets to make souvlaki or gyros. Likewise, Turkish cooks often use pitas to wrap kebabs.

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  1. Dear Wonderopolis,
    I never knew that not every pita had a hole in them. That was awesome I love it. What will tomorrow’s wonder be???!!!!!!!!!!

    • Way to go, Wonder Friend, Janna! We’re so glad you learned something new with us today! HOORAY! We’d love to hear your guess for tomorrow’s Wonder of the Day®… we can’t wait to find out! :)

  2. My second grade students love to read the wonder of the day. We just started visiting your site this week. I am hoping my students continue to check out the wonder of the day while we are on Christmas break!

    Thank you for the great information!

    Room #117

    • Hello to our Wonder Friends in Room #117! We’re so excited that you’re here today– happy Friday! Thanks for WONDERing with us… we look forward to WONDERing with you over the Christmas break, too!

      Keep up the SUPER work! :)

  3. I think the wonder of the day might have something to do with Santa Claus. I was wondering what time does he leave the North Pole to start delivering presents?!

    • What a SUPER guess, Janna K! We bet Santa Claus has a very specific schedule in order to get to all those homes! Phew! Have a WONDERful Friday, Janna! :)

  4. I think the wonder of the day tomorrow will have something to do about Santa Claus. I am in class right now with Mrs. Howard that is what we hope the wonder of the day will be about.

    • We love your guess, Wonder Friend Cole C and classmates in Mrs. Howard’s class! We’re so glad to hear that you’re WONDERing with us today! Thanks for making us smile! :)

  5. We are the class next door to Mrs. Howard’s room and we also think Wonderopolis is sooooo cool. I think the wonder of the day will have something to do with the North Pole and all the toys being made there.

    • Alright, we’re so excited that the entire neighborhood of classrooms is WONDERing with us! Thanks for sharing your comment with us, Spencer A! We are excited to find out what tomorrow’s Wonder will be! :)

  6. Tomorrow’s wonder of the day could be…….

    tigers…
    dolphis…
    lions…..
    cheatah…
    dog…….
    cat…..
    catfish..
    fish…
    monkeys…
    sharks…
    bears…
    melany…
    kimerly..
    ruby…
    gerardo…
    bees….

    • Thanks for sharing ALL your WONDERful guesses for tomorrow’s Wonder of the Day®, Melissa! We are all smiles here at Wonderopolis! We hope you’re having a fantastic day, and we’ll see you tomorrow! :)

    • We can’t wait to find out, Maya! We sure hope you’ll join us tomorrow to learn about something new and exciting! Have a fabulous Friday! :)

  7. Hey wonderopolis, it is Jingle Bells!!!! Wow I did not know that some pitas have pockets actually I did not even know pitas have pockets!!!

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