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The next installment of CB Pantry Raid, a series in which our walk leaders give a guided tour of the local pantry and discuss the staples that have sustained their communities over the years, features Francisco de Santiago (“Paco”), our lead guide in Mexico City, who will be talking all about corn. Tune in on Thursday, April 30, at 5 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) on Instagram Live.

Corn is vital to Mexican cuisine and culture – one of the things we love most about dining in Mexico is the high likelihood that our meal will have a healthy dose of corn in one form or another. Sometimes we even wash down our corn with some corn, like when we order tamales, corn patties most often stuffed with meat or veggies and then steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf, together with atole, a traditional beverage made of corn flour, fruit, spices, and milk or water. Local, native corn varieties, which in recent years had been eclipsed by hybrid corns, are staging a comeback. Heirloom corn tortillas are growing increasingly popular in Mexico City (and even as far away as Queens, NY), providing a boon for small-scale farmers growing these native corn varieties.

To join the live video on Thursday, head to our Instagram account. When we’re live, the Culinary Backstreets profile picture will appear with a colorful ring around it and the word Live. Tap our profile picture to view the live video. When our live stream ends, the video will be available to watch on our Stories for 24 hours.

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