Masa Feature Kit : Heirloom Bolita Belatove (Oaxaca)

Masa Feature Kit : Heirloom Bolita Belatove (Oaxaca)


(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.

By accepting delivery of the landrace maize or heirloom beans associated with this order, recipient acknowledges and confirms that this Masienda product shall not be propagated, cultivated or resold in strict accordance with the Nagoya Protocol and state sales tax regulations.

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5lb bag of corn + 8oz bag of cal

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  1. melanie

    first from masienda and stoked!


    haven’t made corn tortillas in 25 years. decided to get back into it. found masienda, and bonus! around the corner from my house! nice to be able to order the two most necessary components for making masa. so, i didn’t pick the corn, masienda chose to put this one in this set. borrowed a friends press and started in. first one off the griddle made me yell out to my husband. “Oh. My. God.! get in here and try this!” made tortillas, and in turn quesadillas, and simultaneously tetelas.

    it can seem like its a lot of work. but if you break it down, it really is easy. 20 minutes max to cook at night while making dinner. next day grind and griddle. i make double masa recipe, using half the first night and the second half a few days later.

    totally hooked on making corn tortillas now! next time ill order bolita belatove again along with another one or two types. will pick which ones after i ask masienda their advice (because they are really kind and into helping) on which way to go next on this flavor adventure!

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  2. 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

      Masienda (store manager)

      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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