Corn: so sweet, so delicious. It has a long history in America, as several Native
American tribes – from North America to South America – were growing it before
Christopher Columbus came ashore. Corn was grown in Mexico before it made its
way north to us. After Columbus, corn made its way to Europe, Africa, and China
before the year 1600. Corn is grown on every continent except Antarctica.
Corn was an important crop because it could be eaten fresh, cooked into cakes and
breads, and ground into cornmeal or corn flour, so it could be used year-round,
which was very important during the winter. Today, corn is grown for humans and
animals such as cows and horses to eat, and used to produce fuels and medications.
Corn is good for you! It has lots of fiber, Vitamin C, and magnesium. It also
has two chemicals that help with healthy vision.
An ear of corn has about the same number of calories and less sugar than an
apple. Keep it healthy and don’t drown it in butter or other toppings – a little
goes a long way!
Cooking corn makes it more nutritious. The heat releases antioxidants, which
are very good for you.
Corn is used to make the antibiotic penicillin, ethanol that is added to
gasoline, and glue.
It’s easy to microwave corn, just shuck it (remove the leaves and silk), wrap it
in a damp paper towel, and microwave for about 5 minutes. Be sure to use
potholders or oven gloves when handling it at first, because there will be a lot
To boil corn, fill a large pot with water (there should be enough room and
water for the corn to float). When the water boils, add the shucked corn on
the cob and boil for 4-5 minutes. Use tongs to remove the corn from the
If you want to use fresh corn kernels instead of frozen, slice the bottom off a
corn cob so it’s flat, hold it straight up-and-down on a cutting board, and use
a sharp knife to cut from top to bottom. You can mix this fresh corn with a
can of drained black beans and diced bell pepper and your favorite
seasoning, or sauté it with other vegetables like mushrooms and zucchini for
healthy and easy side dishes.
Here’s what’s being picked this week*:
*Availability will vary by market due to differences in growing zones.
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