Corn ~ Vegetable of The Week
Today we are talking about Corn (Maize)! I love corn! Growing ears of corn, canning, freezing and eating corn since my childhood. I guess I was a Vegetarian even before I knew what one was!
|Corn Field. Two ears are usually produced per corn stalk. |
Photo by CJD.Sign
A funny story: When I was in grade school, my brother and I would eat what we liked on our dinner plates first and then swap out plates with each other. I would eat all the vegetables and he would eat all the meat. This worked out great until our mother caught on to our shanagins and made us sit at the table until we finished everything on our plates. This could last for hours each night and she'd watch us to make sure we did not swap our plates with one another. I'm still a veggie lover, but I do eat some meat too!
|Field Corn on the Cob is produced as feed corn for animals.|
Corn has an important history here in the United States of America. If you could just pick one food that exemplifies the Americas, it would be corn. Corn is produced in many of the States and is the third largest produced food in the US. According to the National Corn Growers Association, corn is grown in most of the US States, but the majority of production is in the "Heartlands" or "The Corn Belt".
|Fresh picked Corn|
The Wikipedia states, "Geographic definitions of the region vary. Typically, it is defined to include: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, southern Michigan, western Ohio, eastern Nebraska, eastern Kansas, southern Minnesota and parts of Missouri. As of 2008, the top four corn-producing states were Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Minnesota, together accounting for more than half of the corn grown in the United States. The Corn Belt also sometimes is defined to include parts of South Dakota, North Dakota, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Kentucky. The region is characterized by relatively level land and deep, fertile soils, high in organic matter.
More generally "Corn Belt" represents the most intensively agricultural region of the Midwest, connoting a lifestyle based on ownership of family farms, with supporting small towns and powerful farm organizations that lobbied to obtain higher prices." SOURCE LINK
|The garden is growing Sweet Corn, White Corn & Indian Corn. Photo by CJD.Sign|
The Vitamins & Minerals in Corn are vitamin B-6, B-3, Vitamin A, and vitamin C
vitamin B-6 and vitamin C
vitamin B-6 and vitamin CLINK
|The Corn Maze in Olathe, Colorado 2015|
Corn is used in many of the produced foods we eat as "High Fructose Corn Syrup". And upon researching this, it is in most of the produced packaged foods on the market today. Just take a look at the back of a ketchup bottle, soft drinks, cereals, and candies to name a few. But today, we are focusing on Fresh or Frozen Corn.
|Fresh Olathe Sweet Corn on the Cob. Photo by CJD.Sign|
Olatha, Colorado is famous for "Olatha Sweet Corn" and is located in a flat fertile area of Colorado.
Olatha has a "Corn Festival" each year that offers the local sweet corn.I've grown corn in Tennessee with my parents and in Colorado for many years in our gardens. I've included some of my corn photos and recipes here for you to try.
Parmesan Garlic Grilled Corn by ECLECTIC RECIPES LINKSource
Fresh Corn Fritters by Paula Deen of The Food Network LINKSource
Ryan Corn Casserole
Oven Roasted Corn by Robert Irvine from the Food Network LINKSource
The Best Ever Corn Muffins by Charlotte KD LINKSource