According to Maya legend, tortillas were invented by a peasant for his hungry king.The first tortillas discovered dates back to approximately 10,000 BC. They were made of native maize with dried kernel. The Aztecs used a lot of corn – both eaten straight from the cob and in recipes! They ground the maize, and used the cornmeal to make a dough called masa, which was flattened into a bread when now know as the corn tortilla.The corn tortilla predates the wheat flour version of the tortilla as wheat was not grown in the Americas prior to European contact.
Two or three corn tortillas would be eaten with each meal – either plain or dipped in mole or a chili pepper sauce. Tortillas were also sold at Aztec marketplaces filled with turkey meat, beans, honey, cactus fruit and chili pepper.
Over the last few years, the popularity and variety of tortillas has increased.Now there are savoury, sweet, flour tortillas and a variety of corn tortillas. So what’s the difference between the corns?
The finely ground corn of the masa gives the tortilla it’s colour, depending on the corn (blue, white or yellow). Whether you buy them or make them at home, they all are soft and chewy with a rich corn taste. But there’s more than colour that is different about these two types of corn tortillas.
Yellow corn tortillas, tend to be slightly thinner than their white counterpart. They also tend to be more coarsely textured. Because of their lower moisture content, they aren’t as pliable and are more likely to crack when rolled. Yellow corn tortillas do their best work when used for tacos, tostadas, and frying into chips.
Our tortillas also come frozen, so they last longer and remain fresh and delicious. All you need to do is defrost your tortillas and they are ready to reheat and cook with.
Take a look at our yellow corn tortillas and the rest of our tortilla range today!