The Continuity of Maize (Wall 1)

The Continuity of Maize

Maize requires very specific preparation in order to have as much nutrition as possible. This process, called the nixtamalization, involves the kernels being boiled in water and white lime, which infuses the maize the essential amino acids and niacin that the plant naturally lacks. The resulting nixtamal is ground into dough on an instrument called a metate with a mano, or handstone.