Some people measure the passing of time by the weather. Some people measure it by holidays. Good Food measures it in tortillas. Every year, for the last five years, host Evan Kleiman helps Gustavo Arellano judge KCRW's Tortilla Tournament. Every year, it has gotten bigger and more competitive. Every year, listeners learn a little more about the subtleties of texture, flavor, density, and consistency. But in half a decade, one thing has remained the same — at the heart of any truly great tortilla or pupusa or tamal, you'll find one ingredient — masa.
'Maíz is life' — the history, science, and politics of masa
From this Episode:
Teosinte: Corn's wild unruly ancestor had a spiritual significance
Lend us your ears for a brief history and science lesson on corn.
Corn, water, and lime are the only ingredients needed to make tortillas — tell that to GRUMA
Making a good corn tortilla requires a mere three ingredients, still it can be an expensive and long endeavor. Enter GRUMA.
Masienda: In search of the perfect masa
Diversity in sourcing was top of mind as Jorge Gaviria set out to make the perfect masa.