Taste test: pita bread

Serving size one half-round one round one round
Calories 90 155 unavailable
Fat/Fiber 1g / 2g 1g / 3g unavailable
Sugars/Sodium 1g / 160mg 2g / 225mg unavailable
Carbs/Protein 18g / 3g 30g / 6g unavailable


Pita bread is a favorite among our panelists for its dense texture, versatility and sweet, wheat flavor. It's also a great substitute for high-calorie breads. We sampled four brands to see which we would prefer for our sandwichmaking or alongside our favorite party dips.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/Score (out of 100)Kangaroo

Whole Wheat

70
Toufayan

Multigrain

Hearth Baked 55
The Fresh

Market

Wheat 38
Judges'

comments
"Robust" was the word judges used to describe this pita. "It's very rustic, thick and strong," said one panelist. "This would be great with pulled pork or chicken breast because it would hold up well. It's got a really good chew." Another said she loved the "flavor-dusted" bread for its sturdy and attractive appearance. One judge said it would be perfect for making a homemade pita pizza."You know you are getting plenty of fiber because this pita is grainy," said one panelist. Another described it as being "flecked with oats" and extremely firm. Overall, judges liked the hearty texture and the visible grains in this pita bread. "I think this would be fun to eat and serve," said one. "It would easily hold any filling you wanted."This fresh-baked, store brand of pita was a little flimsy for some judges. They enjoyed the taste, but said it likely wouldn't work well with substantial sandwich meats or vegetables. "Any cold or wet ingredients would ruin this," said one. Another really liked the whole wheat taste and fresh appearance, saying he liked the subtlety of the bread. "You know, it's like you can just hear Jackson Browne in the background as you are facing the Pacific Ocean at sunset," he said.
Would

they buy?
All four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.One of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$1.79 for an 8-ounce package from Publix.$1.39 for a 12-ounce package from Publix.$2.49 for a 1-pound, 11-ounce package from the Fresh Market in St. Petersburg.


Also Sampled: St. Joseph's Flax Oat Bran & Whole Wheat ($2.99 for an 8-ounce package of six pieces from Publix, 37 points).

Panelists: Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; Jim Yockey, aesthetician at Clinique of Plastic Surgery in St. Petersburg; John Hehn, foodie and owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; and Laura Reiley, Times food critic. All foods were tasted blind.

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Taste test: pita bread 08/21/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 5:30am]

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