The corn (Zea mays) is a rustic vegetable that belongs to the Poaceae family.
A large annual herb and among the most widely cultivated cereals, corn is native to Central and South America. Corn is a cereal that comes in many forms and offers many health benefits and virtues.
Corn and its health benefits
- Source of protein, of lipids and of fibers, corn is a nutritious and easily digestible food.
- Antioxidant, corn helps prevent free radical damage to the body. Corn oil, moreover, is recommended for its richness in antioxidants.
- Very rich in potassium, corn is diuretic and considerably increases the volume of urine. It is valuable in case ofcalculations bladder,drop, renal colic, cystitis and acute or chronic inflammatory conditions of the bladder.
Growing corn for its benefits
To grow properly, corn needs exposure sunny, clear and quite warm. Corn will thrive in deep, consistent, well-drained and very fertile soil.
Attention, corn borer, rust andfly do not mix well with sweet corn.
Pot, short-stemmed varieties will do well in 10-inch containers.
Corn in the kitchen for its benefits
Corn is eaten raw or cooked, in water, steamed or in the oven.
On the cob, corn must be eaten very fresh so as not to lose its taste and nutritional qualities. We choose it with rounded grains and very green leaves.
Corn flour or meal replace wheat in a gluten-free diet.
Rich in protein, iron and calcium, as well as fiber, energizing while being low in calories, the popcorn is a good alternative to small cookies served as an aperitif. On the condition, of course, not to drown it in butter ...
- Kitchen: discover the recipes with corn
100 kcal / 100 g. Sweet corn is rich in carbohydrates and in vitamins B3, B5, E and C.