Corn is often referred to as maize and was an ancient staple food in the Americas. All types of corn are actually grasses, members of the graminae family with wheat, oats, and rye.
Why is it good for my body?Even though corn has been through many modifications over the years to make it sweeter, it still offers good nutrition. Corn is a good source of vitamin A, B-complex, phosphorus, potassium, and vegetable protein.
Where does it come from?Maize dates back sixty to eighty thousand years ago in Mexico and the southwestern US. The corn then had small, brightly colored kernels and seems to have been the popcorn variety! Once corn was introduced to European settlers, it was developed and changed to make sweeter varieties.
What season is it fresh?Fresh sweet corn has a short season starting in July and lasting another 4-6 weeks. Corn is available year round, canned or frozen.
How do I store and handle it?Refrigerate sweet corn immediately with the husks on and plan to use as soon as possible. Corn does freeze well. Blanch it (on or off the cob) for 3-5 minutes, rinse with cold water, pack in an airtight container or bag for freezing.
What are ways to eat it?The most popular ways to enjoy sweet corn is to steam it for 6-10 minutes in 1-2 inches of water or drop ears into boiling water for 4-7 minutes. Corn can be roasted in the husk right on your grill or over a campfire. Fresh sweet corn is delicious raw, right off the cob, eaten alone or added to salads and salsas. Fresh corn can be sliced off the cob and added to soups, stews, baked dishes, quiches, muffins, or stir fries. The possibilities are endless!