Posted on November 28, 2014
It could be argued that it is THE most important crop in the world!
It is used as an important food source both for domestic animals and for people, and some cultures depend on it as a staple food.
You probably know maize by its most common American name, corn. There are many varieties of corn / maize grown for different purposes, such as flour corn, popcorn, sweet corn, ornamental maize, and so forth. Corn can be eaten off the cob or removed from the cob to be cooked and served as a vegetable. It can be popped and eaten as a snack or pressed and made into the sweetener called corn syrup. Kernels can be bleached with lye (hominy), coarsely ground (grits), or finely ground and made into masa (cornbread, corn tortillas, tamales) or into porridge (polenta, mush). Corn can even be baked or fried into crispy corn flakes or corn chips!
|I love me some ornamental maize!|
Did you know...?
|Apparently this sight is common in the U.S.|
but almost unknown in many parts of the world.
Corn-based foods are common;
eating corn straight off the cob is not.
- Corn or maize was originally domesticated in Mesoamerica (in and around Mexico) and spread to the rest of the Americas and Native Americans. After Europeans discovered the Americans, the rest of the world got to try this sweet and tasty food.
- Maize was first cultivated millennia ago, and by 1500 BCE its use was spreading far and wide.
- Scientists believe that maize cultivation around 500 to 1,000 years ago may have caused freshwater mussels to decline.
|This odd sight is 109 six-foot-tall corn cobs|
built to memorialize Sam Frantz, who
invented hybrid corn.
To celebrate the Maize Day...
- Make cornbread or some other tasty-corny treat.
- Make popcorn balls.
- Find a corn maze to explore.
- Try a corn-based craft such as this corn cob picture or that corn cob bird feeder. Or try your hand at making cornhusk dolls.
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