It’s true. We are never in short supply of corny-ness around here. It’s part of what makes us charming and interesting. Don’t deny it. You like it and you know it. Alas, it’s not about us today. It’s all about the Corn on National Corn on the Cob Day!
Grilled, boiled, or fried, Corn on the Cob is one of the worlds most popular crops. According to the National Corn Growers Association more that 81 million acres of corn is harvested every year in the U.S. and over ninety percent of it is grown on family farms. In fact, half of the world’s corn is grown here in the U.S. and we feed half of our corn crop to livestock. Did you know Seventy-five percent of all items found in grocery stores contain corn or come from animals who were fed on corn? Here are some other corn’y facts you might want to pop off to your friends….
- A small corn on the cob (sans the butter) is only 63 calories a large one only 123.
- To get the sweetest corn taste possible, eat it the same day it is picked!
- An ear of corn has 18 rows and approximately 800 kernels.
- Corn is a grain, not a vegetable.
- The number of rows on a kernel is always an even number.
- It’s grown on every continent except Antartica.
- Corn contains a large amount of natural monosodium glutamate (MSG).
- There is one strand of silk for each kernel on a cob.
Did you know that etiquette instructs that you should season a few rows of corn at a time and eat it left to right, typewriter style? Go for it! It wouldn’t be fair to get you all hungried up for some delicious corn and not provide you with some new recipes to try!
What’s your favorite way to eat corn?
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