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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Corn a Staple of Life and recipe for Crispy Corn Fritters

Corn has long been a resource of many in the United Stats. Referred to as "the source of life" or "sacred mother corn" the Aztecs worshiped corn through the corn goddess Chicomecoatl. Corn dates back many thousand years. It is thought to have been part of the wild grass in Central America. Evidence of carbon dated corn dates back to 5,000 B.C. It is believed that corn has been cultivated since 1,200 B.C. in Southwest United States.

Corn was brought to Europe by the Portuguese conquistadors. From there it spread quickly to many countries. Corn is exclusively Native American. They were the ones to find methods to preserve and farm corn. Corn depends on human distribution and is not self sowing. One of the earliest planting methods was to plant in a mound with three fish for fertilizer.

Sweet corn is preferred but is not the only variety of corn. Flint, Dent, pop and flour are other varieties. There are over 3,000 uses for corn. Each part can be used :

  • corn husks make brooms, baskets, dolls, tamales and stuffing
  • cobs makee fish bobs, fuel, scrub brushes, toilet paper, insulation, pipes and bottle stoppers.
  • corn starch is used in paint, paper making, cosmetics, medicines, ink, film, toothpaste, plastics and more
  • corn is also used to feed livestock and in many pet foods
  • corn is also used in many food products as well as eating corn 
This recipe was one that has been around quite some time I hope you enjoy!!

Crispy Corn Fritters

1 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 shakes fresh ground pepper
1 egg
½ cup milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 cups corn kernels
Vegetable oil for frying

Combine all ingredients together, add corn last and drop into hot oil. Fry until brown on both sides.

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