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Choclo: Where Do You Find It In The US?  
User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17823 posts, RR: 46
Posted (9 years 11 months 1 week ago) and read 4798 times:

This is a little random but I'm looking for a type of corn that is often found in Peruvian cuisine, but I'm in the US. It's a variety that has very large kernels, about the size of a fingernail; any idea where I can find some in the US, especially in Colorado?


E pur si muove -Galileo
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User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 41
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week ago) and read 4790 times:

Any chance it's that stuff we call "hominy?" If so, try any supermarket and look in the ethnic foods section--it's used a lot in Mexican food.

-Leanne


User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17823 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week ago) and read 4780 times:

I don't believe so; choclo is just like regular, garden variety corn, but it is much lighter in color (think creamed butter) and has kernels about 3-4 times the size of regular corn. I think hominy is derived from regular American corn? I could be wrong.


E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4773 times:

I'm in agreement with reply #1. I think we call it "hominy." You can find it at any old grocery store. It is lighter than regular corn and generally bigger. It also has a different texture than corn. Great stuff. Loved when mom would make it.

UAL


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4745 times:

Hominy is regular American corn (maize) that's been treated with lye.

The chemical reaction causes the kernel to explode and become white and puffy, the lye is then cleansed off and the product is canned.

N


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4744 times:

Hominy is indeed larger corn kernels. You can also substitute them with a product by Kelloggs called Corn Pops.


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User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17823 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4734 times:

"Hominy is indeed larger corn kernels. You can also substitute them with a product by Kelloggs called Corn Pops."

The raw unprocessed corn kernels of choclo are about the size of Corn Pops...are you sure it's the same as hominy? It doesn't sound like it is...



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User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4732 times:

No i'm not sure they are the same because I don't know what choclo is. But I know hominy is big corn.



But upon doing some research (out of boredom and curiosity), it appears choclo is 'similar' to hominy. so maybe its not exactly the same thing.



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User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 41
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4730 times:

I think the Corn Pops comment was a joke.

But if you're not sure if hominy is what you're looking for, you might go to the store and buy a can, or just check out the label. I think it might run you about $.69 for a can of the stuff. Here's a picture of it used in some sort of Latin American dish.



User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17823 posts, RR: 46
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4728 times:

I'm actually looking for the whole cob though...


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User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 41
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4726 times:

Gee, you don't ask much, do you?  Wink/being sarcastic

What part of Colorado are you in? I've got family in Parker and Boulder, and they're all gourmet cooking nuts. I'll drop them a note and see what they'd recommend.


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4722 times:

I'm in Colorado, next time I'm in a supermarket I'll take a stroll through the produce section for ya and see what I find...

Greg



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User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17823 posts, RR: 46
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4712 times:

I found a picture! Of course it's on a can of choclo in brine but maybe it'll jog the memory:

http://store1.yimg.com/I/gran-tangolandia_1822_4467517

I'm in Denver btw...and I haven't seen any in any of the Whole Foods or Wild Oats or Crazy Hemp or whatever food stores.



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User currently offlineWhitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4711 times:

I've wondered for years what hominy was.....for some reason I thought it might have something to do with roadkill or the bits of a pig you don't particularly want to see in one piece on a plate

Please feel free to ignore this  Nuts


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