The food company Osem (אסם) claims to have invented Ptitim as a substitute for rice and couscous in the 1950s during a great depression and food shortage. A similar food already existed in North Africa as Berkukes and in Lebanon as Moghrabieh or Maftoul . Ptitim is made from wheat , like couscous and pasta , but is hot-dried, which gives it a slightly nutty taste.
- Video: Commercial for Osem Ptitim
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