Saturday, December 14, 2013

El-o-o-o-o-o-te on the Plaza Grande

Corn is a staple of the Americas, where the appellation refers to maize or Indian corn. Elote, or fresh sweet corn is part of the tradition of gatherings on the plazas of Mexico. Maís refers to the plant or crop and to dried corn such as is ground to make tortillas.

Roasted or boiled, elote is a popular snack. On the cob it is often slathered with mayonnaise, sprinkled with grated cheese and then spiced up with powdered chile. The kernels are also sliced off the cob and eaten from a plastic glass with a spoon, seasoned to the individual's taste.

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