At Me Hiko NZ East Coast corn is cooked then soaked overnight in lime water. This process is called nixtamalization and is thought to be 3000 years old.
This is when the corn becomes supercharged releasing the corns vitamin B3 and increasing the availability of calcium and amino acids.
But wait there’s more! This enzymatic nixtamal process also develops a moreish depth of flavour and aroma. This nixtamalized corn is called nejayote and after rinsing the nejayote is then ground between volcanic stones to form the Tortilla masa or dough.