Masa Feature Kit : Heirloom Bolita Belatove

Masa Feature Kit : Heirloom Bolita Belatove


(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.)

Bolita belatove may be among the rarest of heirloom corn varieties in all of Mexico. Belatove (Zapotec for “maguey worm”, which, like this variety of corn, bares a gorgeous purple/red hue) hails from Oaxaca’s central valleys.

When we began working with belatove in 2014, researchers estimated that it had less than five tons in cultivation across the entire state of Oaxaca. At such a low production level, they feared it to be at risk of near-term extinction.

By offering premium pricing and upfront offtake to farmers, Masienda has directly contributed to growing this landrace population by more than five times (and counting)!

Working with belatove, it’s hard to imagine a world without it—with the right amount of cal (no more than 1% ratio to corn), it yields a beautiful mauve masa and distinctly nutty flavor. We’re hooked.

Follow along with bolita belatove’s Masa Feature at Masienda’s On Masa blog.

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5lb bag of corn + 8oz bag of cal

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  1. Mike Ogbin

    Maiz / Corn for Nixtamal:

    Mike Ogbin

    The Maiz/ Bolita Belatove was the most scrumptious flavorful my favorite corn up to date…I just made tortillas and ground it up in the molinito This corn flavor and texture is the best I have tasted…: they are all good but this one stood out!

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    • Masienda


      Hi Mike! We’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed the corn and Molinito. Wishing you many more delicious tortillas!

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