Saturday, June 11, 2016

June 11, Corn on the Cob Day


Corn grows in "ears," each of which is covered in rows of kernels that are then protected by the silk-like threads called "corn silk" and encased in a husk. Corn’s traditional name is maize, by which it was known to the Native Americans as well as many other cultures throughout the world. Although we often associate corn with the color yellow, it actually comes in many different colors, including red, pink, black, purple, and blue. Corn is now available in markets year-round and locally grown varieties can be purchased during the summer months that not only taste the best but are usually the least expensive.

Nutrition Information
Antioxidant phytonutrients are provided by all varieties of corn. The exact phytonutrient combination, however, depends on the variety itself. Yellow corn is richer in carotenoids, especially lutein and zeaxanthin. Blue corn has unique concentrations of anthocyanins. Purple corn provides unusual amounts of protocatechuic acid. Ferulic acid, beta-carotene, vanillic acid, coumaric acid, caffeic acid, and syringic acid are other key phytonutrients provided by corn. Corn is a good source of pantothenic acid, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fiber, manganese, and vitamin B6.

Corn on the Cob with Tomato Salsa




How do farmers make
the decision to sell corn
as food and not as ethanol?


How to Grow Corn


"Crazy About Corn" 
Entertaining song, try it without the butter and salt.


Corn - Immigrant Song with Credits



Resources
1. Eating Well, Healthy Corn Recipes and Cooking Tips
2. Food Network, 20 Top Healthy Corn Recipes
3, Wikipedia, Maize

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