ORGANIC MASA HARINA, tortilla flour, yellow corn
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Botanical Name: Zea Mays
Masa, the Spanish word for "dough," is the traditional dough used to make corn tortillas. It is made with hominy, or dried corn kernels that have been cooked and soaked in lime water, which are then ground into masa. Masa harina is flour made from dried masa.
Production: to make hominy, field corn (maize) grain is dried and then treated by soaking and cooking the mature (hard) grain in a diluted solution of lime (calcium hydroxide) or wood ash, a process termed nixtamalization developed in Mesoamerica thousands of years ago. Lime and ash are highly alkaline which help the dissolution of hemicellulose (a glue-like component of the maize cell walls), loosens the hulls from the kernels, and softens the corn for grinding.
Qualities: This process also changes the structure of the corn, freeing the nutritionally rich niacin so that it can be easily absorbed into the digestive tract. In addition, calcium is gained from the lime used as an alkali. The nixtamalization process also balances the amino acids, accessing more usable protein from the corn.
Common use: Masa harina is most commonly used to make tortillas, but it is also featured in other delicious dishes including tamales, pupusas, and arepas.
Storage: keeps well in a sealed container in a cool, dry, and dark location
Disclaimer: this information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the FDA or CFIA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.
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I am pretty new to using Masa Harina, but I notice it is not like regular corn flour in the sense that it is not high in corn aroma and flavor. To some, that may be a deterrent, but to others like myself, I find it is easier to incorporate it into non corn recipes. It seems like a nice flour to use, and is versatile if you don't mind the density of the flour.I would like to see EO's answer to the reviewer Amy, who questioned whether the product was in fact organic. When someone has a pertinent question or concern on a review, I feel it is good practice for the owners to print a reply, so as to not leave the reader wondering about the status of the concern. Having our reviews is helpful to EO, and having these answers is helpful to the customer.