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An Average Ear Of Corn Has 16 Rows And 800 Kernels

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June 11 of each year is the day to celebrate National Corn on the Cob Day.  Fresh corn on the cob is a summertime treat that people from all corners of the United States look forward to as we start the picnic season.

Corn on the cob is also known in different regions as pole corn, corn stick, sweet pole, butter-pop or long maize.   It is a sweet corn that is picked when the kernels are still tender when it’s in its milk stage.

Boiling, steaming, roasting or grilling are the most common ways of preparing corn on the cob.   If it is grilled or oven roasted, the corn is usually left in its husk during the cooking process.

  • Proper dinner etiquette for eating corn says it is appropriate to hold the cob at each end with your fingers.
  • Corn is called maize by most countries, this comes from the Spanish word ‘maiz’.
  • Corn is a cereal crop that is part of the grass family. An ear or cob of corn is actually part of the flower and an individual kernel is a seed.
  • On average an ear of corn has 800 kernels in 16 rows. Corn will always have an even number of rows on each cob.
  • A bushel is a unit of measure for volumes of dry commodities such as shelled corn kernels. 1 Bushel of corn is equal to 8 gallons.
  • With the exception of Antarctica, corn is produced on every continent in the world.
  • There are over 3,500 different uses for corn products.
  • Juices and soft drinks like Coca-Cola and Pepsi contain corn sweeteners. A bushel of corn can sweeten 400 cans of soft drink.
  • Corn and its by products are also found in many non-food items such as fireworks, rust preventatives, glue, paint, dyes, laundry detergent, soap, aspirin, antibiotics, paint, shoe polish, ink, cosmetics, the manufacturing of photographic film, and in the production of plastics.
  • As of 2012, the United States produces 40% of the worlds total harvest making it the biggest maize producer in the world (273,832,130 tonnes produced in 2012).
  • An area termed the “Corn Belt” in the US where growing conditions are ideal includes the states of Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Kentucky.
  • In the days of the early settlers to North America corn was so valuable that it was used as money and traded for other products such as meat and furs.
  • Corn is now a completely domesticated plant so you’re unlikely to find it growing in the wild.
  • Corn can be produced in various colors including blackish, bluish-gray, purple, green, red, white and the most common yellow.

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