Product Review: Gluten-free Sandwich Petals

Things I like include: free food, good food, food that teaches me something.

Unsurprisingly, I am writing today to tell you that Sandwich Petals are amongst the foods I like.

Sandwich Petals are, at the base of it, a gluten-free sandwich wrap made by Raquelita’s Tortillas, a Denver-based outfit. However, they’re also admirably easy to store and admirably high in good ingredients / low in bad ones: each 100-calorie petal has 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, 2-3 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fat and no cholesterol.

The petals come in three flavors: Spinach Garlic Pesto, Chimayo Red Chile and Agave Grain. The company sent me plenty of each flavor to try out.

As the packaging clearly explains, the petals do not need refrigeration and should be kept on the shelf (where they’ll stay good for up to two months). The packaging also explains that they should be reheated in the microwave, and I found this to be true: as with most pre-packaged gluten-free “bread” items, heat improves the texture of the wraps.

The company sends samples out from each batch to be lab-tested for gluten, which gives me a nice warm, fuzzy, secure feeling on the inside.

The most intriguing part of the Sandwich Petals, for me, was the inclusion of prebiotics.

Prebiotics? At first, I thought it was a typo.

It turns out that prebiotics are, in essence, food for probiotics. They keep the flora and fauna of our guts happy and well fed — better-enabling said creepy crawlies to help us digest food. Oftentimes when you see soluble fiber in a food, it will have some prebiotic tendency. There are plenty of naturally-occurring whole foods that contain prebiotics: chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, leeks, onions, asparagus, banana, flax, legumes — but also whole grains like barley and wheat.

You can visit Mark’s Daily Apple for more information, and it’s an interesting read so I’d recommend it. As you can imagine, prebiotics are helpful for anyone but stand to be especially helpful for those of us who are gut-challenged.

Anyway. Back to Sandwich Petals. They’re healthy, they’re easy to store, but I also thought they were tasty, particularly the Chimayo Red Chile and the Agave Grain (the Spinach Garlic Pesto are more strongly-flavored so you’d want to remember that when choosing fillings).

I’m far too lazy to do much more than nuke them and roll them up around something (cream cheese and jelly, or hummus, or whitefish salad and tomato…). However, there are whole host of recipes available on their site: chicken enchilada casserole, chicken pesto pizza, Nutella raspberry petal dessert, etc.

Distribution in the US is fairly sporadic, so your best bet may be to order the petals online directly from the website. They’ll send you a box containing 36 petals (12 of each flavor) for $25.

Have you had Sandwich Petals? What did you eat them with?

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