American Pictures/ Tony Morrison
Tamales in banana leaves at a streetside market, Magdalena valley.
Tamales are made of fresh corn [maize] pounded in a mortar until it forms a paste
or masa. To this masa other ingredients are added - perhaps
some chopped cooked meat, local white cheese, some boiled egg or even fruit -
and seasoned. The mixture is then wrapped and tied in banana leaves and steamed
over boiling water.