Corn on the Cob

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Corn on the cob
Corn on the cob

Interesting facts about Corn on the Cob

  • Are you aware that corn on the cob is also known as an ear of corn?
  • Are you aware that the ear is covered by tightly wrapped leaves called the husk?
  • Are you aware that threads of silk surround and protect the ear of corn?
  • Are you aware that there is 1 piece of silk for every kernel?
  • Are you aware that the average ear of corn has 800 kernels arranged in 16 rows?
  • Are you aware that the kernels on the corn on the cob can be yellow, white or a combination of white and yellow (bicolor)?
Corn on the cob with other food items
Corn on the cob with other food items
  • Are you aware that they call corn on the cob with white and yellow (bicolor) kernels honey and cream, butter and sugar and peaches and cream?
  • Are you aware that you can test if corn on the cob is fresh by pinching a kernel? (A milky juice should spurt out if the corn is fresh.)
  • Are you aware that the peak season for corn on the cob is in the summer months?
  • Are you aware that New Jersey ranks 9th in the nation in sweet corn production?
  • Are you aware that corn on the cob should be stored in a cool area? (Warmth causes the sugar content of corn to convert to starch which will make the ear less sweet.)
Cooked corn on the cob
Cooked corn on the cob
  • Are you aware that the procedure for removing the husk and silk from corn on the cob is known as husking or shucking?
  • Are you aware that the Iroquois Indians gave the first corn to European settlers in 1779?
  • Are you aware that corn on the cob can be boiled, steamed or grilled whole in the husk?
  • Are you aware that you can eat the corn directly off the cob or cut it off from the cob?
  • Are you aware that because corn is high protein and carbohydrate it has been an important nutritional food for over thousands of years?
  • Are you aware that Americans consume approximately 25 pounds of corn perperson per year but most of it is in the frozen or canned state?

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NB:Carbohydrate, by difference(total carbs-fiber) is also called net carbs

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