Blue corn tortilla chips, blue corn pasta, blue corn waffles…
May 19, 2008
Blue corn has become the definitive cliche of "contemporary Southwestern" cooking. But it is no post-Mark Miller gimmick. It is an ancient and important constituent of the native New Mexican diet—and there are a few things about it that might surprise you. For instance:
1. Blue corn can be traced back at least 1,100 years, to the time of the Anasazi.
2. Blue corn plants have only 20 to 30 percent of the yield of yellow corn plants.
3. Blue corn is about 21 percent higher in protein than white and yellow corn, and the protein is more complete, due to its amino acid profile.