29 March 2021 - THE ORIGINS OF CORN




G'day folks,

Here's another piece of historical information.

The Americas domesticated the corn plant 10,000 years ago. Farmers in northern Guatemala and southern Mexico bred teosinte, a wild grass, for several generations. This eventually helped develop kernels that were soft enough for human consumption. After the corn plant was created, the invention was soon adopted throughout the Western Hemisphere. 
Historians have found that the first grown by Native Americans had small ears and consisted of only six to nine kernels per cob. Later on, they went on to develop many more varieties and corn became a dietary staple for the people of Mesoamerica.  
In fact, at one archeological site in Mexico, researchers have found fossilized popped corn kernels over 5,000 years old.

Clancy's comment: A very versatile grain.

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