Corn originates from the area of modern Mexico, where it has been known for 7000 years, and has been brought to Europe in the 16th century by the Spanish. It is the 3rd most wide-spread, right after rice and wheat. Cornmeal or polenta is made the same way as corn flour, with the grinding of corn. A bit less know is white corn.
Did you know?
- Usually it is so that food loses some of it nutritional value with thermal treatment, but that does not hold true for corn.
- Corn does not contain all of the essential amino acids, therefore it is recommended to combine it with legumes.
- Usually white polenta and white corn were considered food of the city dwellers. Yellow corn was meant for the lower classes and for livestock.
- It does not contain gluten, which makes it suitable for those ailing with coeliac disease.
In order to preserve all the quality nutrients in the flour, groats and porridge, and to extend its expiration date, proper storage is of utmost importance. Flour can be stored without a problem in the refrigerator, especially if we only use it from time to time or in the summer months. We usually store it in a well closed container in a cool and dry space.
To further prevent insects from infesting it we can put a laurel leaf into the closet or directly into the bag.