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Nablus souq pita 118 - Aug 2011
Pita at the souq on Khaled ibn al-Waleed street, in the old city of Nablus, West Bank
Type Flatbread
Place of origin Fertile Crescent, Middle East
Main ingredients Flour, water, yeast, salt
Pita topped with artichoke hummus and lamb
Pita topped with cucumber, hummus, and lamb.
Pita roasted on an outdoor fire.

Pita is a kind of flat bread. Sometimes it is called pitta or pide (Turkish), pitka (Bulgarian) and pronounced "pitta" in Greek). Pita is an often round, brown, wheat flatbread made with yeast.

Pita is traditionally made in the Middle East and around the Mediterranean. It is also used in the cuisines of these countries. It can also be found in North Africa and the Levant.

Possibly it was spread by the Ancient Greek city states colonies, or by the spread of the Islam through the region.

In Greek cuisine, pita may refer to thicker breads made with yeast, for example souvlaki pita. It may also refer to foods using many thin layers of dough, usually with many different ingredients in between. That way, pies such as tyropita and spanakopita or sweet pies such as baclava are made.

The Indian flatbread form of roti is sometimes referred to as "Indian pita".

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