It’s SUMMER TIME! Get ready for those hot beach days and long lazy summer nights. But, another great thing about summer is it is the best time to add more VEGETABLES into your diet and your kids won’t even complain.
Corn, also known as MAIZE, is one fun veggie that satisfies the masses.Corn can be grilled, steamed, sauteed, stir fried and a ton of others ways. It can be added to sweet and savory dishes as well as be a formidable side dish or main ingredient star. Your imagination is your only limitation when it comes to corn.
Nutrition Knows– whole grain corn is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and rich in fiber. It also contains a decent amount of low quality protein while being relatively low in fat. A little known fact- corn being a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, it may contribute to the maintenance of eye health. Take THAT carrots!!
History..hmmm– MAIZE is a derivative of an early American Indian word “mahiz”. It was a staple among Maya and Aztec Indians and despite the devastation imposed by European imperialists we are fortunate today that one timeless gift was preserved for mankind. Corn as we know it today is somewhat of a transmutation. Colonials utilized what we refer to as Indian Corn which is used more today as ornamental Fall decorations.
The Andean Indians are believed to have introduced it to Central America by way of Mexico and sometime between 10,000 and 5,500 B.C. the first corn plants became hybridized and domesticated. Despite thousands of years of cultivation in the lower Americas, corn didn’t find its way to the modern day United States until around A.D. By A.D. 60. It is said that Christopher Columbus also brought corn back to the Old World during his expedition travels. Generations of the trade industry introduced corn to the Portuguese, China, Japan, Korea, East Africa, Asia and India. Current;y the United States and China are the leads in its world production.
Food Sneaks– Its very easy to incorporate corn into most dishes, adding that unexpected “something”. Corn can be a welcomed addition to dishes such as, pasta salads, salsas (and chips!), bread mixes, stir fry combos. But, try these non-traditional sneaks like Corn pancakes or a Corn & Egg Sandwich.
Another fun idea is Grilled Corn with a few different sweet or savory butter options like Parmesan & Herb, BBQ Chili Butter or even Orange Honey. Mix up your favorite flavor combos into whipped butter, chill to set then slather generously over freshly grilled corn on the cob.
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