Corn meal: Wikis

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Cornmeal products include tortillas and taco shells.

Cornmeal is flour ground from dried corn. It is a common staple food, and is ground to fine, medium, and coarse consistencies[1]. In the United States, the finely ground cornmeal is also referred to as cornflour[1]. However, the word cornflour denotes cornstarch in recipes from the United Kingdom.



Steel ground yellow cornmeal, common mostly in the United States, has the husk and germ of the maize kernel almost completely removed. It is conserved almost indefinitely if stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Stone ground cornmeal retains some of the hull and germ, lending a little more flavor and nutrition to recipes. It is more perishable, but will store longer if refrigerated. However it too can have a fairly long shelf life of many months if kept in a reasonably cool place. It can also be used for cornmeal cakes.

White cornmeal (mielie-meal) is more traditional in Africa. It is also popular in the Southern United States for making cornbread. Blue cornmeal is made from the rarer blue corn or by adding blue food coloring.

Regional usages

Africa: synonyms and similar side dishes


  • Kachamak (Bulgarian: качамак), Bulgaria
  • Mămăligă, Romania
  • Farina di granturco, Italy (not the same as farina which is made from wheat.)
  • Polenta, southern Europe - especially Italy
  • Arapash or Harapash, Albania - similar to the Romanian style but often combined with lamb organs, or/and feta cheese (like the Greek feta)

South Asia

Meso- and South America


  • Cou-Cou, is part of the National dish of Barbados which goes by the name "Cou-Cou and Flying fish."
  • Funchi, a cornmeal mush consumed on the island of Curaçao
  • Fungi, cornmeal mush cooked and cooled into a stiff pudding, ate with saltfish and/or pepperpot as part of the National Dish of Antigua and Barbuda.

North America

Other uses


  1. ^ a b Herbst, Sharon, Food Lover's Companion, Third Edition, Pg. 165, Barrons Educational Series Inc, 2001
  2. ^ "Ants: Indoor and Outdoor. FACTSHEET FROM SAFER PEST CONTROL PROJECT". Retrieved 25 Oct 2009.  

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