tortilla flour

Definition

Food

  • Flour made from maize kernels by soaking them in lime water (calcium hydroxide solution) until they are soft enough to pound into flour. This process imparts a special tortilla flavour by breaking down the amino acid tryptophan in the corn to 2-amino acetophenone, and also makes the B vitamin niacin available. Those who use the untreated flour may suffer from vitamin deficiency.
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