Corn Facts, Interesting and Delicious Information About Food:

Maize, commonly known as corn, is a large grain plant first domesticated by indigenous peoples in Mexico about 10,000 years ago. The six major types of corn are dent corn, flint corn, pod corn, popcorn, flour corn, and sweet corn.

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*The long threads on top of an ear of corn are called silks.

*There is one silk strand for each kernel of corn.

*An average ear of corn is 12-14 inches long.

*Corn can be yellow, white, red or bluish/black.

*A typical healthy corn plant is between 6-12 feet tall.

*The root system of healthy corn can grow 5-1/2 feet into the ground.

*Most ears of corn have about 800 kernels in 16 rows.

*It takes about 27,000 kernels to make a bushel of corn.

*Corn is an ingredient in over 3,000 grocery items.

*One acre of corn removes about 8 tons of carbon dioxide from the air during the growing season.

*The only place in the world corn isn't grown is Antarctica.

*Cornflakes are only about 8% corn.

*Allergies to corn are common.

*Squirt a little vegetable oil into the tip of each ear as the silk appears to kill corn worms.

*Sometimes a white/gray glob develops on the corn. It's a fungus and won't hurt the corn. But in Mexico it's considered a delicacy and they call it a "Mexican Truffle".