It’s unlikely that a day goes by where you don’t encounter corn in one form or another. While we enjoy sweet corn as a side dish, it’s also something we rely on in more ways to count – from washing our hands to fueling our cars.
How many of the following facts do you know about corn? We’re betting you’ll learn something new today!
- The average ear of corn has 800 kernels in 16 rows.
- Only 1% of corn planted in the United States is sweet corn.
- Corn cobs always have an even number of rows.
- The types of corn grown in America are dent corn, flint corn, pod corn, popcorn, flour corn, and sweet corn.
- The world record for the tallest corn stalk is more than 35 feet.
- An acre of corn eliminates 8 tons of carbon dioxide from our air.
- There are 125 calories in a cup of corn.
- An ear of corn has one silk stand for every kernel.
- Each corn plant produces one to three cobs each.
- More than 90 million acres on earth are dedicated to producing corn.
- Corn was first domesticated in southern Mexico more than 10,000 years ago.
- Corn became more widely popular in the late 1700s when it became accessible to Europeans.
- Corn is used in foods like cereal, potato chips, soft drinks, cooking oil, and more.
- Corn is used in non-food items like fireworks, glue, fabric, crayons, fuel, paint, laundry detergent, cosmetics, and plastics.
- Corn is grown on every continent with the exception of Antarctica.
- Usually corn is yellow, but it can also come in colors such as green, red, or white.
- While many consider corn a vegetable, it’s actually both a grain and a fruit.
- Sweet corn becomes starchy easily, so it should be eaten within a few days after picking.
- The scientific name for sweet corn is Zea mays saccharate or Zea mays rugosa.
- The first mechanical corn harvested was invented by Gleaner Harvester Combine Corporation in 1930.
- A bushel of corn can sweeten 400 cans of soda.
- Most countries outside of the United States call corn maize.
- 91 gallons of water is needed to produce one pound of corn.
- Maize is a Taino word that means “sacred mother” or “giver of life”.
- The United States produces about 1/3 of the world’s corn.