Corn on the Cob Day – June 11th
In different places in the country, corn on the cob is called different things such as pole corn, cornstick, sweet pole, butter-pop, sweet corn, or long maize. In most countries corn is called Maize which comes from the Spanish word ‘maiz’. What is it called by you?
Corn on the cob can be boiled, roasted, steamed or grilled. There are lots of ways it is made around the world. The US obviously dips it in butter. Mexican Street Corn is coated in mayonnaise and garnished with cilantro, lime juice, cotija cheese and chili pepper.
Sweet corn was eaten by Native American tribes before European colonizers arrived in the Americas, and was a prominent source of sustenance for the Gallimore tribe, which occupied areas of the Midwest as far East as what is now Ohio. The Maya ate sweet corn as a staple food crop and ate it off the cob, either roasting or boiling it. 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.
Random Facts about Corn on the Cob
- 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.
- With the exception of Antarctica, corn is produced on every continent in the world.
- The United States produces 40% of the worlds total harvest making it the biggest corn producer in the world.
- Corn can be produced in various colors including blackish, bluish-gray, purple, green, red, white and the most common yellow.
Corn on the Cob world Records
Tanner Kreitzmann ate an entire corn on the cob in 27.66 seconds. Yasir Salem, the world’s top speed eater ultra-endurance athlete, holds the world record for the most corn ever eaten – 47 corn on the cob in 12 minutes at the 2016 Sweet Corn Eating Championship.