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 (calcium hydroxide) water, which are then ground into masa. Masa harina is flour made from the cooked, dried masa.
Production: 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 tried out the 5lb bag of Masa by Organic Matters before committing to a large 50lb bag. I loved the taste & the quality of the product initially seemed very high.However I am skeptical after having received the 50lb bag and the miller is BUNGE - a huge agrogiant and I can't verify off their website that any of their grains are organically grown. They do discuss non-GMO but how do I know your product is really organic? I'm pretty disappointed and now question the quality of a lot of other items from OM. Can you prove the organic certification? There is no product code anywhere on the 50lb bag so it's impossible for me to verify.Nowhere on the 50lb bag does it state organic, unlike when I buy organic oats from other places like Ellison's.
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I usually stock up on organic masa at the co-ops in Bellingham, WA or Arcata, CA, but now with the border closed (and not going to visit family there), I had to search it out, which led me to OM. This masa is really nice. the tortillas come out really well. I'll need to order more soon! My wife wouldn't let me buy 50 lbs, but we've almost finished the 5 lb bag in a month and a half.