EN on Foods

August 2002 Issue

A-Maizing Corn: Fairly Bursting With Fiber, Folate

The Folklore: Native Americans believed corn to be the source and sustainer of all life. And rightly so; without corn, early American settlers might not have survived their first winter in New England. The Indians taught them to grow this unfamiliar vegetable by planting seeds with fish (for fertilizer). The Facts: Botanically known as Zea Mays L., corn descends from a wild grass called teosinte, which originated in Mexico. Today’s corn plants are taller than early maize. The kernel consists of

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