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Mysteries of Corn

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0


   Corn is the color yellow, and it is a delicious side in any meal. Those two traits are the main thoughts of some people, because they think corn is just like any other vegetable. Surprisingly, those two traits that describe corn are not the only good things about it. Corn has a long lived history that doesn't get too much attention. Corn can be mysterious when you don't know much about it. Here are the mysteries of corn:


What is corn?


image of yellow corn
    Corn, also known as maize, is a grain that has been under human cultivation for over 20,000 years. Corn has three main varieties: sweet corn, dent corn, and flint corn. Sweet corn is eaten by humans on the cob, dent corn is used as animal feed, and flint corn is Indian corn made into multiple colors. Corn was first discovered and used by Mesoamericans, and the crop soon began to travel country to country. It's texture, color, and taste categorizes corn as a vegetable instead of a grain, but corn is also considered a fruit because of how sweet it can be. Corn may come in different shapes, sizes, and different colors. Since corn is the most-grown grain in the world, it is shared between humans and animals for food.


Different Ways of Using Corn


      In Modern Society, Corn is made and distributed in different ways. The United States produces over 270 million tons of corn every year and with that amount of corn, it is processed to meet everyone's daily needs. Corn Plastic, a type of bioplastic, is just like any other plastic. It works well when you want to drink your water, coffee, and other beverages. The benefit of this plastic is that it doesn't require no type of oil. Once corn plastic is manufacture, it releases fewer toxins than an original plastic bottle made from oil. Corn Milk, a method started in Asia, is another way of using corn. Corn milk is used as an alternative to cow's milk. Corn is also turned into fabrics, bags, drinks, paper, ethanol, and thousands of other ways!


Different Ways of Eating Corn


Corn is usually eaten by eating the corn from the cob, but it can be cooked and formed in many ways, such as making popcorn and cornmeal. Popcorn was a food discovered by Native Americans thousands of years ago which makes it one of the most oldest forms of corn. The English who came to America learned about corn from the Native Americans. The discovery lead to different flavors of popcorn such as butter, cheese, caramel, garlic, and many other types of flavors for popcorn. Chips, tortillas, bread, syrup, and many other foods are made with some form of corn to give the food it's desirable taste.


Nutritional Value


    As any other food or vegetable, corn has a nutritional value that should be known. Corn is a good source of Vitamin A, Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber, and Proteins. Corn is also low in saturated fats, cholesterol, and sodium. Yellow corn is considered to have interesting levels of disease fighting Phytochemicals, including Lutein, which may help protect the eyes.
     Raw corn is almost inedible. Without cooking corn, our bodies will not be able to break down the cellulose of the corn kernels. Raw corn does contain Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Vitamin C, which are not found in cooked corn.


Unique Colors of Corn

colors of corn


       Corn comes in many unbelievable colors that are not seen or heard of often. It is not poisonous and it is edible, but the corn is extremely hard enough to ruin your teeth. Indian Corn, a variety of flint corn, is the usual name used to label all the colors of corn produced by Native Americans. They produced red, blue, magenta, yellow, orange, black, purple, brown, and even multi-colored corn. Creating a different color of corn was caused by cross-breeding the corn genes. The colors can come in handy when it comes to attracting and repealing pests.
     If you cooked Indian corn and ate is right off the cob, it would taste bland. The taste could be compared to hominy, which is used to make grits, but the Indian corn wouldn't hurt you because it is all starch.
     During the early stages of corn, the kernels are filled with sugars, but as corn ages, those sugars break down into starches. Indian corn today are used for decorative purposes only but Indian corn can still be grounded to make flour, corn chips, and tacos. The whole kernels can also be reserved for delicious popcorn.


Taco Bell's Black Jack Taco


black jack taco
  Do you remember that special promotion Taco Bell had on Halloween? Taco Bell was promoting their new Black Jack taco only made for the month October. With the taco's intriguing black shell, it attracted enough people to be interested in buying the Black Jack taco.

    Since tacos are usually made with cornmeal, there is a likely chance that the Black Jack is made from corn meal too. The only difference is that the corn meal is made from black corn!



   The mysteries of corn is finally revealed. Corn isn't just a yellow vegetable anymore. Whenever you take a bite from your corn of a cob, you will now think about the history and the legacy of yummy corn!





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