Significance of Corn in South America

There are many things to do with the corn in South America. Corn comes in a lot of varieties. Most widely known strains of corn, the most valuable one being dent corn or field corn which is primarily used as cattle feed, sweet corn that is often sold at roadside stands and of course the most loved corn- popcorn.

One of the best ways to eat corn is on the cob. It is important to remember that corn starts converting its sugars to starch right after being harvested. The easiest thing to do with corn is just to eat it on the cob. Simply unwrap it, boil it, and eat it. Put lots of butter on it. You can roast it on the grill to make it savory. Additionally, sweet corn can also be eaten uncooked if the ear is picked before it is fully mature.

Corn can also be used to make flour for cooking. Corn flour is used by the South America to make many corn-based products and is what is used in tortillas and taco shells. Corn is ground into a fine powder and then used like flour. The starch of corn can also be used as a thickener in other dishes. Corn is also put to use for making excellent sauces, cakes, puddings, sweets and desserts because the starch acts as a thickening agent.

Additionally, Corn is also a staple cereal, second to rice and wheat. It helps to produce some essential industrial products as well. The main ingredient in corn which is starch, when dried can be used to convert into dextrin or can even be put to use in its present state. In case, it is not dried; it can be processed into sugars and syrups. Oil, which is extracted from the corn seed is used in the manufacture of soap and glycerin and if refined in extreme conditions, can serve the purpose as a salad oil or can used for cooking purposes as well. You will find corn starch and corn syrup in all the food products on the shelf. Corn is cheap, so it is used in everything, which is not always good.

Corn is also an outstanding feed for livestock attributing to its benefits of high in energy, easily digestible and low in fiber features. The corn crop can be either cut green after it is harvested or dried for fodder to be given to farm animals. Corn is fed to both cows and pigs to fatten then up. It is a cheap feed too and a lot easier way to feed many cows than having them all graze in a field.

All parts of the corn are put to optimal use. You can use the husk can be braided and weaved to make masks, baskets, sleeping mats. Fabrics that are used to make your clothing are strengthened and hardened with corn starch. You can also use ethanol to drive your car. There are lots of uses for corn, and if you grow a good crop of corn, you’ll be able to eat your corn a lot of different ways.

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