Sour cherry pita (pita sa visnjama)

by | November 19, 2018


  • 1 package of filo pastry (I use The Fillo Factory organic all purpose fillo pastry sheets)
  • 2 680g glass jars of pitted sour cherries (I use Marco Polo pitted sour cherries)
  • ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • ½-3/4 cup of filtered water
  • 2.5-5 table spoons of brown sugar (or sugar of your choice)

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Take out the sour cherries from the jars. Retain a small amount of liquid from the jars, which you will use for the pita spread.

Inspect each cherry to ensure there are no pits or pit fragments left (even though they should be pitted, my experience has taught me to always check).

Spread a thin amount of extra virgin olive oil on a large rectangular baking pan. Place a thin pastry sheet on a clean working surface. Put ½ table spoon of EVOO and ½ table spoon to a spoon of water (the goal is to get the sheets wet, but not too oily). Add the next pastry sheet, and do the same. Do this 1 more time, until you have 3 sheets stacked. When you put the 4 th sheet, spread 1/5 of the sour cherries along with a very small amount of the cherry juice, over the pastry sheet. If desired, sprinkle ½-1 table spoon of brown sugar on top. Then carefully roll the pastry sheet and put into baking pan. Repeat the same until you are out of baking sheets (you should have 5 rolls).

Place the baking pan in oven and bake until sour cherry pita is dark yellow/light brownish (usually 45 minutes or so).

Once baked, you can sprinkle powdered cane sugar (my family’s tradition), but I would recommend being mindful with this practice, especially if you suffer from diabetes.

About the Author

Dr. Bojana (Boy•ana) Jankovic Weatherly is an award winning physician, double board certified in internal and integrative medicine. After completing internal medicine residency, she did a fellowship in integrative medicine, trained in functional medicine, nutrition and mindfulness. Her approach is rooted in evidence-based medicine that is personalized to each individual she works with.


  1. Phyllis Moucha

    Just made your Sour Cherry Pita. Only needs one word to


    • Dr. Bojana

      So happy to hear that!! Enjoy!

  2. Pattie Porapatsy4567@verizon.net

    The Sour Cherry Pita sounded so delicious that I saved your recipe tp make on a cold winter day…TODAY! It was truly a treat. Thank you for sharing. I also loved the alternative ways to treat a cold/virus. Stay warm in NY.

    • Dr. Bojana

      Thank you Pattie. I’m so glad you enjoyed the sour cherry pita! Stay warm and virus-free 🙂


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