Many Kinds of Corn
there are many kinds of corn. The most common types are flint, dent, sweet
and of course popcorn.
corn, also known as Indian corn, has a hard outer shell and kernels
with a range of colors from white to red. Today, most flint corn is grown
in Central and South America.
corn, often called "field corn" is often used as livestock feed. It
is also the main kind of corn used when making industrial products and
various foods. It can be either white or yellow.
corn is often eaten on the cob or it can be canned or frozen. Sweet
corn is seldom processed into feed or flour. Sweet corn gets its name
because it contains more sugar than other types of corn.
Popcorn, a type of flint corn, has a soft starchy center
that is covered by a very hard shell. When popcorn is heated the natural
moisture inside the kernel turns to steam that builds up enough pressure
for the kernel to explode. When the kernel explodes the white starchy
mass that you like to eat forms.
The History of Corn Continued...
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