Skip to comments.Tracking the Ancestry of Corn Back 9,000 Years
Posted on 05/25/2010 6:22:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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It indicates that there was a widespread agricultural methodology at work in the region. Modifying soil to make it more productive is far more complicated than selective breeding of plants.
I hate corn in Europe we fed it to the pigs and no self-respecting person
would eat it....
To each their own (taste).
But somehow corn (zea mays) sustained multiple generations of Native
Americans (despite it being deficient in some essential amino acids;
compensated by eating beans with the corn).
Is post 5 Mexican or Hopi?
Grits man.....learn to eat grits. Grits, butter, salt, pepper, yummmm
Add cheddar yumm yumm
Add shrimp yumm yummm yumm
You should be ashamed of yourself for that one.
I’m stealing it...
Yes. Europe grows field corn, pretty much only suitable for animal feed.
Americans grow sweet corn, a much tastier variety, for human consumption.
The three sisters - corn, beans and squash.
Yeah. My mom says have the water already boiling before you pick it.
The more Spanish you look, the better looking, professional, educated, smart, wealthy, etc Mexicans assume you are.
A very racist culture.
I remember when my ex tried to talk to our “el Indio” gardener (once every other weekend to mow the lawn and trim the hedges) in Spanish, he looked at her strangely and said “I don't speak Spanish”. He spoke English and his native Amindian language. Had no interest in learning Spanish and didn't much care for Mexico or Mexican culture.
Can't say as how I blame him.
You haven't tried Olathe Sweet. Slather it with butter and salt and eat with something off the summertime grill. That's good eats.
I've been reading Macauley, who has, to say the least, strong opinions. One reason he offers for the English being superior to the benighted Irish is they eat bread while the Irish have to eat that tuber.
"Corn is niiiiiice!"
The Victorians were a confident bunch, at least the aristocrats. Mack was certain he was a member of the most advanced race, living in the most advanced civilization in the best governed nation in the world. :-))
Throughout Mexico's history, or at least since about 1700, one faction or another has traditionally gotten fed up and seized power by force of arms, oppressing either the general populace or the wealthy landowners respectively, and just generally plundering the country about every 60-70 years.
Then whichever group was on the outside would revolt, slaughter a bunch of regime supporters, and the whole crazy cycle would start over with a new crew of Kleptocrats, but pretty much always rotating between populist, Mestizo uprisings, and Hidalgos “recapturing the throne”.
Since the last great Mexican Revolution (~1910-1922), an essentially open border with the United States has pretty much served as the “safety valve” for the hardcore, corrupt, and utterly inept Socialist Elite Hidalgo cabal that seized power in the wake of the populist revolt's power vacuum, and which in spite of some back and forth political jockeying, has held on since the twenties.
They know they can plunder the country, and every time conditions get too bad at home, their disaffected Mestizo population just heads North. Mexico City encourages it because it furthers their leftist political goals as well.
They used to go home when things improved a bit. Now, mostly because of the drugs, it never does, and since there's so much more money (legal and illegal) for them here, they just come and stay.
In some ways, I can sort of understand that. If my choices were living under a Socialist/Narco dictatorship, letting my family starve (or worse), getting killed by drug runners, becoming a drug runner, or heading to Canada, I might pack a bag and start walking North too - although I'd probably stay and fight the drug runners, `cause I'm stubborn that way.
Ed Abby said it best when he suggested we meet every one of them at the border with a rifle and a box of bullets, and tell them to go home and fix their own problems. Then we can talk about being good neighbors.
I haven’t eaten freeze dried corn, but here in the Philippines we have sweet corn pudding and sweet corn flavoured ice cream.
;’) Here’s your container of slaw.
Corn that grows "as high as an elephant's eye" is putting a lot of its energy into the stalk. Most corn around here (central PA) is bred to grow shorter, and have more energy for its kernels.
Different breeds of corn have different growing seasons and resistance to drought. So farmers chose the corn they hope will do best for their own particular environments.
When field corn is "finished" the whole stalk turns brown. But farmers are paid for corn by weight, less the moisture content. That's why some let their corn stand long after it's ready for harvest, so that it will somewhat "field dry" and save them the cost of having it mechanically dried.
It doesn't hurt field corn just to stand there weeks or months after it's ready for harvest.
In some years a corn crop fails, due to drought or cold weather, etc., and farmers will give up on producing sale-able corn. At that point they harvest whatever they have while it's still green, chop it up into silage and feed the whole thing to their livestock.
That's the only time I know of when they harvest green field corn. But maybe out west they do things differently?
This day is not a total loss; I learnt something about corn.
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