CORN is a bedrock of modern agriculture, but it is rarely consumed in the form that it was for centuries previously.
Braiding is a traditional method of drying and storing ears for later use. Before being prepared kernels are “shucked” from the cobs and are then ready to cook. Cooking is done in many different ways. Using a hardwood ash or other lye mixture is one of the traditional methods that helps to break down the outer corn hull and make nutrients more available for the body to absorb and digest.
Hominy corn is prepared by cooking corn in a lye, typically wood ash, that helps break down the hull and release vitamins. The outer hulls are then washed and the corn is boiled in fresh water before being served or dehydrated.