Heirloom Yellow Dzit Bacal Corn (Yucatán)

Heirloom Yellow Dzit Bacal Corn (Yucatán)



(Video above^^^From Milpa to Mesa–translation: “From Corn Farm to Table”–is a preview of the kernel-to-masa process that turns heirloom corn into fresh masa.)

We worked with our friends at Traspatio Maya again this year to source hyper-local Yucatán heirloom corn varietals. Traspatio Maya holds similar values to Masienda for sourcing and works on the Yucatán peninsula to support 15 indigenous Mayan communities who are dedicated to the sustainable and fair production of native and culturally significant crops and products, like corn.

While dzit bacal and nal tel are the officially recognized landraces native to the Yucatán according to Biodiversidad Mexicana, the region has many regionally adapted varietals that have been naturally crossbred over generations. Tuxpeño is also a prominent landrace in the region, referred to regionally as the xnuk naal. Although the exact crosses of some varieties are unknown historically, it truly shows the significance of natural cross pollination, and the variations in microlots and terroir. Didn’t think corn and wine had much in common? Well, friends, take these for a spin and let us know just how these taste on the palate–you may be surprised at both their similarities and differences that may or may not be apparent at first bite.

While originally said to be part of the olotillo landrace, dzit bacal is one of the predominant native landraces on the Yucatán, alongside nal tel. The cobs are notoriously long and skinny, and are said to be so flexible they bend in the wind. With a medium starch density and high oil content, dzit bacal makes for a decadently delicious masa, as well as sweet applications like pan de elote. Grown by 12 different local Yucatán farming families. 

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  1. Erin C.

    Erin C. (verified owner)

    adorable, tiny corn, like baby teeth. can’t wait to try this one in our christmas tamales. would appreciate more notes on the different landraces and their culinary compatibilies—it’s hard to decide which to use for what, and when. like, how does this match up with tamales de calabaza y mole amarillo? rajas y queso?

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    • Masienda

      Masienda (store manager)

      Thanks for the feedback, Erin! We’re always looking for ways to improve knowledge sharing, but truly believe that when cooked and ground correctly, all varietals are flexible enough for basic applications, besides perhaps Oaxacan tlayudas which require the starches of bolita! For tamales we love olotillo, bolita, chalqueño, and cacahuazintle. If you ever have questions on usage please don’t hesitate to reach out to info@masienda.com and we’re happy to help.

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