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Description:High in its vitamin C content, the uncooked ear of corn pictured here, was still in its protective husk, which had been pulled back to a point half way down the ear. Note the filamentous corn silk, which is actually a remnant of the corn plant flower known as the stigma.
Because of its high protein and carbohydrate content, corn has been an important nutritional resource for thousands of years. Corn can be traced back to Mexican or Central American cultures as early as 3400 B.C., and has become a staple among Native American civilizations throughout the Western Hemisphere. Today, corn has less starch and is sweeter. The sweetness accounts for its popularity among Americans. Americans consume about 25 pounds of corn per person annually, most of which is frozen or canned. A good thing about corn is that frozen and canned corn has about the same nutritional value as fresh corn. So, for the many Americans who are not able to get fresh corn, they can still enjoy frozen or canned for nearly the same nutritional value as fresh corn.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Debora Cartagena
Creation Date:2012
Photo Credit:Debora Cartagena
Links:CDC - Vegetable of the Month: Corn
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