What Makes Great Whole Wheat Tortillas?

Whole Wheat Tortillas are just as amazing for quesadillas and other recipes. High quality Whole Wheat Tortillas are tender to bite and chew. They have the distinctive earthy character of whole wheat flour. Specifically, they are round flatbreads, lightly toasted, and brown in color with flecks of bran throughout. The aroma and flavor profile has the earthy grain notes of bran. There may be notes of yeast and fermentation, toast, and even a slight sprouted, grassy note. They don’t have a raw dough flavor. The tortillas are salty and sweet, with bitterness and a slight sourness. They are tender to bite. There’s some resistance to the teeth and it takes a moderate time to chew them, but they aren’t overly adhesive or cohesive. In an application, the tortilla keeps its integrity, serving its function as a carrier for other foods. The whole wheat flavor stands up in application.

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Tasting terms

  • chew

    The texture of a food as it is being chewed, as opposed to the texture of the first bite. Example: High-quality beef jerky should be tender but have a long chew.

  • character

    The combined aromas and flavors of a particular food or ingredient. The character of a food is considered simple when it is one-dimensional, but it is complex when it has many discernible ingredients. Example: Mole sauce has several ingredients that blend to give the sauce a complex character. Granulated sugar has a very simple character.

  • aroma

    The smell that emanates from food. Along with appearance, texture, flavor and taste, aroma is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate a product. Example: Brownies should have an aroma that includes chocolate as well as egg, toasty and sweet notes.

  • flavor

    A combination of a food's basic taste and its accompanying aroma, flavor is the distinctive taste of a food or ingredient while it is in the mouth. Along with aroma, appearance, texture and taste, flavor is one of the five dimensions considered by ChefsBest Master Tasters. Example: Chocolate chip cookies should have a moderate chocolate flavor accompanied by a slightly lower level of complex dough flavor that includes egg, flour, vanilla and brown sugar notes.

  • grassy

    A natural flavor or aroma suggesting grass. Example: Green tea, olive oil and some dairy products can have grassy notes.

  • sweet

    One of the basic tastes; often considered pleasing while exhibiting characteristics of sugar. Example: Honey, ripe fruits and syrup all have a pronounced sweet component.