What is a tamale...
A tamale is a traditional Mesoamerican dish that dates back to the Aztecs, and is now eaten in hundreds of different forms all across Latin America.
The base is made of masa harina, which is corn, that has been soaked in lime, before being ground into flour. This lime-soaking process softens the corn for easier grinding, and also aids in digestibility, increasing the nutrients absorbed by the human body. This masa is also what's used for making tortillas!
Depending on the region, some tamales are wrapped with corn husks (like ours), others with banana leaves, while some regions in Mexico are known to use beetroot or silver beet leaves.
Tamales are typically eaten for breakfast, but are also a celebratory food, made best in abundance by the family matriarch.