• Tortillas are traditionally unleavened flatbreads or pancakes that are made of either corn or wheat flour, water, vegetable shortening and a little salt.
• Corn tortillas date back around 10,000 years before Christ and were made of corn with dried kernels.
• The word “tortilla” comes from the Spanish word “torta” which means “round cake.” When the Spanish brought wheat to the New World, flour tortillas were created.
• Modern tortillas are made from whole wheat flour, spelt flour, sprouted grains or gluten-free flour blends. They are the fastest growing sector of the U.S. baking industry.
• Packaged tortillas should be stored in a cool dry environment not susceptible to temperature change. Temperature changes can make the moisture in the air condense inside the packages, which leads mold to grow and tortillas to spoil.
• A refrigerator is highly recommended (but not required) to extend the shelf life of tortillas.
• When making homemade tortillas (they are actually so easy!), you can keep them fresh longer by storing them in your refrigerator below 40 °F.
• Cut tortillas into small pieces then drizzle with a high-heat oil such as sunflower or canola; bake at 400 °F for 5-7 minutes or until crispy. Use as a topping for salads, slaws, soups, stews or chilis.
• For a tortilla pizza, bake a tortilla in the oven, top with pasta sauce, grated cheese and your favorite toppings; broil or bake to melt the cheese and serve.
• Make a dessert! Stuff warmed tortillas with berries, whipped cream, ice cream, non-dairy frozen dessert, lemon curd, sliced fresh apples, or your favorite fruit.
Tortillas serve as a source of dietary fiber.
Tortillas benefit your circulation by boosting your iron intake.
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