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Episode 136: VC hype vs. Wall Street

Oct 22, 2019

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Making the perfect tortilla

Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios Sep 23, 2019
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Rick Ortega, left, and Omar Ahmed are the owners of Kernel of Truth Organics.
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Many people might think that what makes a taco great is the meat, chicken, or whatever is inside. But Rick Ortega and Omar Ahmed tend to disagree; they’re champions of the soft tortilla, made with corn.

The certified organic corn. (Steven Byeon/Marketplace)

Ortega and Ahmed are the founders of Kernel of Truth Organics, a tortilleria — a company that makes and sells tortillas — in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights.

A stack of fresh tortillas. (Steven Byeon/Marketplace)

The pair say they’re focused on quality rather than quantity. Since 2014, Kernel of Truth Organics is the only known tortilleria in Los Angeles making tortillas from certified organic corn. 

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