The first mention of the word hominy in print occurs in Capt. John Smith's True Travels, 43, 1630. Dr Wm. Jones (inf'n, 1906) says: "It is plain that the form of the word hominy is but an abbreviation, for what is left is the designative suffix -min, 'grain,' and part of a preceding modifying stem.” Hominy, as we know today, is dry corn that has been boiled and soaked in an alkali solution. The process of treating dried corn with an alkali is called nixtamalization. The common alkali solutions are of lime or lye. Alkali propertieshelp dissolve the glue-like material on a cell wall, known as hemicellulose. This process loosens the hull and germ of the kernels. The fruit of the kernel softens and expands to about twice its normal size.