Azorean Style Corn

When I was in the Azores (Portugal), my guide said that there was something special about the corn there. While I gave a dozen guesses, I couldn’t figure it out. The suspense! I found cooking an Azorean Cozido pretty neat, so I was anticipating on the secrets of this Azorean corn. Eventually, he brought me to this location.

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An Azores Caldeira or “boiler”

It’s a hot spring called a “caldeira”, which is Portugese for “boiler” and it is naturally heated by active volcanoes. At first it was a bit of a head scratcher why he brought me here because half a day elapsed after the corn topic, but do you see the connection?

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Boiling corn with the help of Mother Nature

Azorean style corn is basically the way they cook it! They take corn, throw it into bags and cook it in the boiling mineral water! The result after an hour of boiling is some super soft and sweet corn on the cob. Even the birds love it (if you’re so kind enough to spare them some kernels :)). 

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Caldeira boiled corn

Mineral water is full of iron. Only a limited number of people are licensed to cook the corn like this on the Azores and sell them on the street. It was very enjoyable and steaming hot! Interestingly enough, my guide led us to the source of the water (a colder version) that was drinkable. Mineral water full of iron? When in Rome…..or the Azores in this case. 

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A stream of Azorean mineral waer

Taking a sip from the first pipe, I wasn’t a huge fan. He suggested I try the second one, which contained more minerals. Let’s just say when I took a sip I felt like I licked a metal pipe and gagged. Oddly, it was naturally carbonated and is apparently good for digestion!  No regrets! And upon my random stumbles, look what I found:

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Look what I found!

It’s not what I thought it meant though. My guide said it meant narrow grotto or something along those lines. Oh well. 🙂

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Never heard of corn cooked this way. So interesting! 🙂

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    1. Rini says:

      Thanks Ronit! I was hesitant at first, then I thought boiling it in mineral water can’t be bad. It’s an Azorean exlusive. Lol

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  2. OMG! I have never seen or heard about this before! Rini, You are so brave to taste this mineral water which is orange in color though!

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    1. Rini says:

      I know. I was hesitant when I saw it, but I survived to tell about it. 😉 Truthfully the water is clear, it’s just when the minerals stick it looks orange. 🙂

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  3. Sean JS Chen says:

    East Asian hotspring resort towns have a traditions of cooking food like this. In fact if that water in the Azores also has high sulfur content, you may be able to do this: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/owakudani-black-eggs
    Either way they need to market this place to Japanese tourists wishing for a faraway soak!

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    1. Rini says:

      It’s funny you mention that because the topic of Asian tourists came up during my travels and how they should be marketing the hot springs more. Overall, I didn’t see many there, but I can see the potential.

      The owakudani tamago has an intriguing look to it. I can’t imagine it having much impact on the taste of the egg, but marketing it as a treat that is hard to come by and lengthens your longevity is a smart strategy to get people to visit there. I guess it’s something for me to think about when I eventually make it over to Japan. Thanks for the share!

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  4. It sounds like you had a fabulous time in Portugal, Rini. Such a fascinating and beautiful country. And I love corn on the cob. What an interesting way to cook it. Not sure I would have tasted the water either. You are so brave!

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    1. Rini says:

      Thanks Tracey! It is a lovely country. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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  5. Rose says:

    Wow, the place looks so beautiful!! That definitely makes the corn ultra special. That sounds amazing!

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    1. Rini says:

      Thanks Rose!

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  6. Whoa! that mineral water! I am mesmerised!

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    1. Rini says:

      Lol thanks! High in iron 😉

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  7. In india corns are cooked in hot water at home and serve hot by applying little bit of lemon juice and salt but I heard for the first time that it is also cooked in this way.

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    1. Rini says:

      Ah. I don’t think I have ever tried it with lemon juice. Neat. 🙂

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