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History of Corn

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Did you know…?

Most historians believe corn was domesticated in the Tehuacan Valley of Mexico. The Olmec and Mayans cultivated it in numerous varieties throughout Mesoamerica, cooked, ground or processed through nixtamalization. Beginning about 2500 BC, the crop spread through much of theAmericas. The region developed a trade network based on surplus and varieties of maize crops. After European contact with the Americas in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, explorers and traders carried maize back to Europe and introduced it to other countries. Maize spread to the rest of the world because of its ability to grow in diverse climates. Sugar-rich varieties called sweet corn are usually grown for human consumption, while field cornvarieties are used for animal feed and as chemical feedstocks.

Maize is the most widely grown grain crop throughout the Americas, with 332 million metric tons grown annually in the United States alone. Approximately 40% of the crop — 130 million tons — is used for corn ethanol. Genetically modified maize made up 85% of the maize planted in the United States in 2009.

Source: wikipedia.com

 

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Corn in different languages

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Corn is very popular all around the world. Check out how it's called in different countries!

Language translation
French/Dutch maïs
German Mais
Spanish maíz
Italian mais
Filipino mais
Norwegian mais
Swedish/Danish majs
Portuguese milho
Polish kukurydza
Russian кукуруза
Ukrainian Кукурудза
Slovak kukurica
Czech kukuřice
Japanese トウモロコシ
Chinese 玉米
Arabic ذرة
Croatian/Bosnian kukuruz
Latvian kukurūza
Lithuanian kukurūzai
Slovenian koruza
Hungarian kukorica
Malay/Indonesian jagung
Greek καλαμπόκι
Serbian кукуруз
Belarusian кукуруза
Bulgarian царевица
Afrikaans koring
Albanian misër
Bengali ভূট্টা
Finnish maissi
Georgian სიმინდის
Gujarati કોર્ન
Haitian Creole mayi
Hebrew תירס
Hindi मकई
Kannada ಕಾಳು
Korean 옥수수
Macedonian пченка
Marathi धान्य
Nepali मकै
Persian ذرت
Punjabi ਸਿੱਟਾ
Romanian porumb
Swahili nafaka
Tamil நவதானியம்
Telugu మొక్క జొన్న
Thai మొక్క జొన్న
Turkish mısır
Urdu کارن
Vietnamese ngô

	
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Health benefits of corn

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Corn is not only delicious, but has an incredible amount of health benefits. Let us introduce some of them them to you:

– Corn is high in fibre,

– It contains vitamins such as: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2) and Niacin (B3)

– It contains luteine, which cares for the sight,

– Also, it contains healthy amounts of important minerals like zinc, magnesium, iron, and manganese.

– It has anti-cancer proprieties because of the included antioxidants,

– It’s gluten free.

 

Now you can enjoy corn even more, knowing how healthy it is!

 

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