Monday, December 6, 2010

Husk Peddler

This picture was taken in the late 1800's in Mexico and shows a Corn Husk Peddler. It looks like he has a heavy load, but corn husks do not weigh that much, so the load was probably not that bad. What are corn husks used for you ask? Why they are used in making Tamales. The tamales are wrapped in corn husks. Have I mentioned that I know a thing or two about Tamales?

6 comments:

  1. Being from way up North, we always used flat bread to make our Tamales.
    I was wondering if the corn husks can be washed and reused?

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  2. I had never heard of Tamales, so I have learned a lot after reading the web site. Do they also come in the 5-minutes-and-ready microwave variety? Maybe you can start a mail order service…

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  3. I absolutely LOVE this blog. I am aways looking for old photographs and your blog is a goldmine. It must be tough work collecting all the photographs and all the information, I am simply amazed.

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  4. Why ARE corn husks used for tamales - other than to keep it 'in shape'

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  5. Note that is isn't a country woman carrying those corn husks!

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  6. ah, tamales are the perfect food, and a truly American food. Not sure how one would use flat bread to make them, sounds sacriligeous to me. Can't figure why you would want to wash out corn husks and reuse them either, but the answer really is no, it's a bad idea from a sanitary standpoint. And, yes, the husks are strictly to hold the shape during steaming. Some areas of the Americas wrap them in leaves, like banana leaves, instead. Others, like Mississippi Deltans use parchment paper. I have some less than stellar tamales, but never a bad one...

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