Pinole

Pinole

pəˈnōlē

Noun

  • A sweetened flour made from ground dried corn mixed with flour made of mesquite beans, sugar, and spices.

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Example Sentences

“My favorite breakfast is porridge with pinole and lots of hot coffee.” 

“As part of his marathon training, he took inspiration from the Tarahumara people and added pinole to his diet.”

“The Mexican cookbook has a chapter of maize recipes, including several with pinole.”

Word Origin

Nahuatl, mid-17th century

Why this word?

The bestselling 2010 book “Born to Run” featured the Tarahumara people of Mexico, who have a tradition of running long distances — up to 200 miles at a time. One thing that makes their journeys possible is the nutrition provided by pinole, a preparation of ground corn, piloncillo (a type of sugar), and spices. After the book came out, long-distance runners adopted the food, and it also became a bit of a foodie trend. The word “pinole” comes from the Nahuatl “pinolli,” which means “ground maize flour.” Pinole is often mixed with milk to form a porridge, but it can be served in a variety of ways.

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