Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

The science of Blue Corn Mush, a classic indigenous recipe

Watch more with these video collections:

What makes some corn blue? What is blue corn mush? And why might you add juniper ash to it?

Learn how blue corn flour and juniper ash worked together to provide a nutritious traditional staple food called blue corn mush. Educator, “indigenerd,” and series host Dr. Lee Francis of Laguna Pueblo explains the science within this classic indigenous breakfast and meal in this Indigi-Genius video from New Mexico PBS.

juniper ash calcium

Like porridge, oatmeal, and grits, blue corn mush provides nutrients and calories for a long day thanks to the calcium-rich juniper ash, which initiates nyxtamalization.

“This process breaks down the outer shell of the corn, enhancing flavor and increasing the amount of absorbable calcium niacin and vitamin B3.”

vitamins and nutrients
Atlas Obscura has a Navajo Blue Corn Mush recipe. Plus, see how traditional Blue Corn Mush is made in this short nutrition video from the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital’s YouTube channel:

Watch more Indigi-Genius videos on New Mexico PBS.

Then watch these handpicked videos on TKSST:
• Hopi Dryland Farming: Growing corn with rainfall in the desert
• Gathering maple sugar the traditional Anishinaabe way
The Journey of Vanilla – From Plant to Extract
• Abigail Mendoza, world-renowned Zapotec chef
• How to extract iron from your breakfast cereal
• The science of milk
• Popcorn Under A Microscope, a science and history short by NPR’s Skunk Bear

Bonus: The word Indigenous, a CBC Kids News explainer.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

You Are Your Microbes

Rion Nakaya

Two different worlds: Wampanoag and Pilgrim women in 1620

Rion Nakaya

The word Indigenous, a CBC Kids News explainer

Rion Nakaya

The Very Hungry Maggot: How larva farming can help reduce food waste

Rion Nakaya

The Story of the Two Wolves

Rion Nakaya

The Perennial Plate: Kunming, China’s organic food movement

Rion Nakaya

The Invention of Thanksgiving, a National Museum of the American Indian short film

Rion Nakaya

The Comanche and the Horse, a PBS Native America Sacred Story

Rion Nakaya

Sugar: Hiding in plain sight

Rion Nakaya