„Many things in Guatemala are unpredictable: the weather, the local bus schedule, how early the neighborhood rooster will start crowing. Corn tortillas, on the hand, are not. No matter where you eat, from a restaurant to a market to a local family’s home, tortillas are bound to accompany your traditional Guatemalan meal.
Corn is a fundamental part of Guatemala’s culture that dates back to the ancient Mayas. According to the Maya creation myth that appears in the sacred Maya book, the Popol Vuh, it’s what the gods used to create man, after other materials—like wood and mud—failed. Corn also appears in another famous Popol Vuh narrative about the “hero twins,” two brothers who went down into the gods’ underworld to rescue their father, who in turn became the god of maize—a god who emerges from the earth each year to give life to mankind.
Today, corn is one of the staple crops grown by Guatemalan farmers. It’s typically harvested not when kernels are sweet and tender (as it would be for corn on the cob) but rather when kernels are fully mature and dry. This is the corn that’s used to make tortillas and that fills those giant white sacks that you see in local markets across the country.
Tortillas are best served steaming hot. Tender and pliable, they have a delicate toasted-corn flavor and a pillowy texture. They’re great for scooping up sauces from a sloppy plate or rounding out the occasionally meager lunch or dinner. How many tortillas a person eats per meal varies greatly. Some folks stick to one or two, while others can down eight or more at a time.”
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