This 1993 article has a lot of information about the history of corn from its earliest version which was used to initially make popcorn 5000 years ago
The Aztecs called dried tortillas (chips) totopochtli which means "noisy to eat."
Around 1550 there is a report of frog tamales, rabbit tamales. corn-tassel tamales with amaranth seed and wild cherries; tamales stuffed with amaranth greens; honey tamales. and gopher tamales.
While I can pass on the frog and gopher tamales, how did we devolve so far tamale-wise to the usual pork, chicken or cheese?
The writer guesses that grits might have had its origins in atoli
Never knew that combining corn with beans increases the nutritional value of both.
The Mayans seem to be relatively new to corn with an introduction to it 1000 years ago and use it differently. Supposedly today they toast cornmeal and add it to cofee. I wonder how that tastes.
Anyway there's lots of things I never knew about corn in that article.
There's even a few recipes at the end
- CORN SOUP WITH ROASTED POBLANO CHILES
- PASTEL DE CHOCLO
- CORN AND CRAB SALAD
- GARDEN POTATO SALAD (roasted potatoes tossed with corn)
- CORN PUDDING
- UCHEPOS DE LECHE
- JASPER WHITE'S CORN RELISH