Facts About Tortillas: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Tortillas

We get asked every now and then “Why a tortilla toaster? Do people eat tortillas enough to make a tortilla toaster worthwhile?” Depending on your family’s heritage, this may be an understandable question.

But for those whose families come from a tortilla-eating background, it’s laughable–of course a tortilla toaster is worthwhile! Tortillas are far more than tradition–they are foundational in hispanic cuisine. For many families, tortillas are a part of every meal, every day.

Furthermore, not only is the consumption of tortillas around the world steady–it’s growing rapidly. In case you still have your doubts, however, here are ten facts about tortillas today that you might not know.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Tortillas

  1. The typical Mexican family of four consumes more than two pounds of tortillas per day. (Mobile Cuisine)
  2. In 2015, tortillas outsold white bread. (Fresno Bee)
  3. The wheat flour tortilla is the fastest growing product line not only in the tortilla industry, but in the entire grain products industry. (Foodreference)
  4. Last year Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos! That’s 490,000 miles of tacos, which could take you to the moon and back or, if you prefer, could, at 775-million pounds, equal the weight of two Empire State Buildings. (National Taco Day)
  5. 2015 sales of tortillas reached $12 billion. That’s billion. With a B. (Fresno Bee)
  6. There are 450 unique tortilla makers in the U.S. (Fresno Bee)
  7. Corn tortillas date back around 10,000 years before Christ and were made of native corn with dried kernel. (Foodreference)
  8. In the old days, tortillas used to be sold in cans. (Tapas)
  9. National Taco Day (USA) is on October 4 every year. It is also observed more often in many circles–every Tuesday. (National Taco Day)
  10. Also celebrated on October 4: National Vodka day. No relation (...yet). (National Taco Day)

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