Roasted Yellow Polenta
A rustic Italian food-way that is delicious, nutritious, and easy to cook. A whole-grain stone-ground USDA Certified Organic product. I use brick oven to roast the corn that is then stone-ground into a fine polenta. Freshly milled to order and then shipped to your door!
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Let's discuss polenta. Polenta predates corn's arrival in Italy. Before corn (Zea mays) was imported from the American continent to Europe, Europeans were making porridge out of a variety of grains and legumes. Polenta is Roman in origin. Buckwheat, farro (ancient wheat) spelt, and chickpeas were all foods used to make polenta. The name given to this dish of mush when it was prepared in the place we today call Italy was "polenta." Polenta is referred to by other names by other European cultures: In Romania it is called mamaliga, in France it is called l'escatoun.
Today it is not specified whether polenta is milled from field corn, it is assumed that it is, although some mills are still producing buckwheat and other varieties polenta.
To summarize: polenta is a porridge made (generally) from corn. It is often finished with cheese. It could be fairly stated that polenta is Italian grits. If you were to serve grits to an Italian person, the would probably say, "oh, polenta."
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