This week’s lesson was all about corn, which was domesticated by indigenous peoples in what is now Mexico thousands of years ago. We watched two short films from Eater: Why Corn is the Most Sacred Crop and The Dark and Terrible History of Corn. The content provoked lively discussion of Mexican Independence, the Mexican-American War, the California Gold Rush, and the lasting influence Mexican food culture has had on the Bay Area.
The third graders were the first students to use our beautiful new handmade tortilla presses and had a lot of fun rolling, pressing, and cooking together. They ate the warm corn tortillas with pico de gallo, queso fresco, and a squeeze of lime. ¡Viva la tortilla!