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Choclo: Where Do You Find It In The US?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 8:13 am

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?
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RE: Choclo: Where Do You Find It In The US?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 8:23 am

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.

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RE: Choclo: Where Do You Find It In The US?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 8:29 am

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.
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RE: Choclo: Where Do You Find It In The US?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 8:59 am

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.

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RE: Choclo: Where Do You Find It In The US?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 12:33 pm

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.

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RE: Choclo: Where Do You Find It In The US?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 12:40 pm

Hominy is indeed larger corn kernels. You can also substitute them with a product by Kelloggs called Corn Pops.
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RE: Choclo: Where Do You Find It In The US?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 1:27 pm

"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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RE: Choclo: Where Do You Find It In The US?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 1:34 pm

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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RE: Choclo: Where Do You Find It In The US?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 1:38 pm

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.

 
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RE: Choclo: Where Do You Find It In The US?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 1:52 pm

I'm actually looking for the whole cob though...
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RE: Choclo: Where Do You Find It In The US?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 1:59 pm

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.
 
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RE: Choclo: Where Do You Find It In The US?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 2:03 pm

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...

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RE: Choclo: Where Do You Find It In The US?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 3:54 pm

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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RE: Choclo: Where Do You Find It In The US?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 4:37 pm

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

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