Mesquite flour is a wonderfully versatile ingredient. We call milled mesquite "flour" but mesquite actually isn't a grain at all, but a bean that grows on mesquite trees. The beautiful powder that comes from ground and dried mesquite pods is chameleon-like in the kitchen. Its aroma and sweetness lends itself to flavor foods as a spice, but the powder's heft works well as a flour in baked goods.
The mesquite that goes into Zócalo Gourmet's flour comes from mesquite pods grown in the coastal regions of northern Peru. The pods are long and lean, and contain small beans. Once the pods are harvested, they are dried and milled, and the resulting powder is gluten-free, high in protein and low-glycemic.
|Mesquite flour pairs well with cocoa and cinnamon|
Mesquite has flavor notes of cinnamon, caramel and cocoa, so pairing mesquite with these ingredients tends to work well. However, mesquite goes well with savory ingredients too - these mesquite flour tortillas are a great way to try mesquite with both savory and sweet flavors. Fill these with barbecue chicken, leftover lentil sausage stew, or top them with berries and honey for breakfast.
Mesquite Flour Tortillas
Makes 8-10 9" tortillas
Fruit of choice (sliced nectarines, peaches or berries are wonderful!)
Butter (room temperature)