October 13, 2020 2 min read

Origin

Maize (now known as corn) was first discovered in Mexico and quickly spread throughout the Americas. The Iroquois first introduced sweet corn to European settlers in 1779. They taught them how to grow, harvest, and prepare it because the settlers did not know how to farm there. Sweet corn came from a gene mutation of regular corn which gave it the naturally sweet flavor we enjoy today. Although sweet corn is very popular, the most commonly grown and consumed type of corn in America is yellow dent. Corn is used in a plethora of products other than cooking and is regularly used in some farms animal feed. Some widely used products are corn syrup, corn starch, cornmeal, and corn oil. 

Genus

Zea is the genus of corn and belongs to the Poaceae family. While corn and maize are very similar, corn is classified as a vegetable, and maize a type of grain. There are 3 different types of sweet corn: Su (regular), Sh2 (shrunken, supersweet), and Se (sugar enhanced). While all corn may look similar, they are very different and must be prepared in individual ways.

 Our sweet corn is dried and is used for grinding rather than cooking. Grinding corn is used to make cornmeal and cornstarch, which is regularly used in the kitchen. Cornmeal is commonly used in recipes like cornbread, grits, pancakes, and many more. It is also used to replace certain flours, as it is completely gluten-free. Corn starch is a very effective thickening product used in soups, gravy, and sauces. Stay tuned for next week's blog to learn about the nutritional value of sweet corn!

 

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