La milpa

July 13, 2012 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

In spanish each part of the corn plant has a special name.  The term milpa refers to a corn plant as well as a field of corn. A milpita is a small plant, or a small field.  A fresh ear of corn is known as an elote, while a dry one is called a masorca.  The kernels are called granas, and the husks are called hojas.  The stems and leaves, known as zacate, are chopped into fine pieces with a machete and composted.  The ground flour made from corn called masa, can be used for tortillas, tamales, atole and more.

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