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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2010, 06:33:00 AM »
I've always saved my own in the freezer since they aren't on the market here at all - since I only grow sweet corn that's what I use so of course they are still green

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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2010, 04:26:28 AM »
Since tamales are made from sweet (not hard, mature) corn, the Hojas
(correct spelling - leaves in Spanish) are logically derived from the same
mazorca (ear) and plant.

As Klaas suggested, OP varieties (particularly, with large ears) are
traditional (rather than dedicated sweet corn varieties) and likely
to be best - as are fresh hojas. (Perhaps there's a way to preserve
them, maintaining their pliability - I'll ask).

The problem is, here (Mexico - and maybe in Southern Texas), fresh
sweetcorn is available all year round, who may not be true in your
location - hence the packaged Hojas.

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What kind of corn is raised for the tamale husks (Hojas)?
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2010, 04:08:51 AM »
"my in-laws are from Texas, and never had problems wrapping tamales with the Ohas (husks). They were soft and pliable. After moving into the midwest many years ago, they have not found any Ohas
brands they like. The ohas is hard and tends to split as the tamale is
wrapped. I have noticed the same thing, as my job as husband/son-in-law
is to help in the stuffing-rolling-folding of the tamales (it took me 25 years to reach this position).
 If the ohas splits, I have to grab another husk to double wrap the
tamale and then tie it. This adds alot of time when batches are usually
12 dozen. We did a batch Saturday. I should have taken pics.They have asked me, as I am the farmer in the family, and I, (having no idea), am now asking you.What kind of corn is raised for the husks? Sweet corn, field corn,heirloom,etc? Have the newer GMO hybrids created this effect?"


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