But there are certain staple foods that are revered by those cultures whose survival has depended on them.
Such is the case of potatoes, rice, rye, wheat, millet, chickpeas and maize (corn).
The region comprising Mexico and Central America known as Mesoamerica was one of the big agricultural regions of the Neolithic.
Zea mays (corn) was first domesticated in what is now the state of Puebla, in the valley of Tehuacán nearly 9000 years ago.
Even after the Spanish colonization, corn based products are still widely preferred over wheat products. So no flour tortillas please.
The most common way of processing the dried ears of corn is by Nixtamalization:
This process involves cooking the dried kernels by boiling them in a solution of limewater to soften the hard skin in order to remove it by hulling.
The stripped kernels are then washed and ground into a dough to prepare a wide range of foods from tortillas to tamales, soups and other varieties of stuffed buns that can be fried, poached, steamed, baked or boiled.