Episode 137: The Flower of Corn

When we were researching stories for Mexico, several people mentioned that we had to speak with Amado from Itanoni Restaurant, he is the “corn guru” they said.   His restaurant serves only the most traditional of Mexican foods, showcasing the various organic corns, harvest by local Oaxacan farmers in their purest form.  But beyond the taste of history and tradition, Amado brings a poetic truth about the power of this ancient grain.

7 responses to “Episode 137: The Flower of Corn”

  1. Patricia Arredondo says:

    Bravo y gracias, these little jewels from Mexico have made me so inspired and emotional. Thank you. xoxo

  2. Guy Hand says:

    A beautiful video. Thank you.

  3. Madeleine Brunette says:

    A Wonderful story that expanded my knowledge of corn and the people of Mexico. Thank you.

  4. Tommy says:

    I enjoyed this a lot. Very different from what went through my head at first glance. “Yes, there are thousands and thousands of uses for corn. All of which I will tell you about right now!” http://youtu.be/cYfjq3ZYZbA

  5. Naomi says:

    Really a beautiful presentation done with great integrity.

  6. Angelito says:

    In the excelent book, “1491”, there are several chapters exquisitely discussing Maize and its development and its importance in the development of the Mesoamerican civilizations. From there it spread in all directions. After Columbus returned to Europe, maize also went along and became important to many countries, including Africa.
    Maize, and its numerous varieties were developed by the native populations who selectively bred their chosen plants, chosing whatever desired trait they favored and maintaining its line by removing the hybrid vareties they did not want. There is no known wild ancestor of maize. The fields were the maize was and is now still raised in Oaxaca, are called milpas, which also contained numerous other crops, including beans, avocados, squashes, chilies. etc. (IN the video you can see those fields are very busy, and no, it is not because of weeds.) They helped maintain the fertility of the soil, not exhausting its nutrients. While corn requires nitrates for growth, the nitrogen fixating bean plants returned it to the soil.
    Eating maize and beans give you a complete source of essential amino acids. They are complementary.
    That these peoples developed such complex ecosystems which provided them with sustenace, and maintained them productive for literally thousands of years is astonishing. It was truly a labor a painstaking love and patience, and careful observation. Many still call them primitive and uneducated, but they are more in tune with the rhythms of Nature than we will ever be, and not harming the environemnt that provides them with daily sustenance.
    Commerial large scale agriculture is the opposite. It is destroying the quality of the soil and to maintain its fertility and productivity requires tons of fertilizers and pesticides, and massive quantities of water. Genetic variety is lost. Yes, we are producing millions of tons of grains, all monocrops which are used mostly to feed livestock and poultry so we can satisfy our addiction to animal protein and dairy products (not essential to maintain bone health in any way), while destroying the environment, polluting our coastal waters, and leading to marine dead zones. Add to that Climate Change.
    I hope commercial mass scale agribusiness nor Animal Factory Farming
    can never set a foot in Oaxaca. It should be protected as a Patrimony of the World.

  7. Jeff Metoxen says:

    Beautiful Story! Thank you for sharing!

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