Corn is a term that
applies to any staple food grain—that is, a fruit of a plant
in the Grass Family (oaceae). Originally, the term referred to
the kernel of any grain; for instance, barleycorn. In various
English-speaking countries, the term is generally used for a particular
grain. Thus: In North America and Australia, corn means maize.
Usage as a generic term for grain has been lost. Common segments
include: Sweetcorn, a hybridised variety of maize with a high
sugar content. (This is the variety found in supermarkets and
roadside stands). Popcorn Selected varieties of corn that will
explode when heated. Field corn, once described as roasting ears.
The kernels can be left on the cob or removed and boiled and eaten.
The kernels can also be removed and processed as hominy, grits,
samp, corn meal, corn starch, corn syrup. Mostly grown as a feed
crop for cattle and other livestock.
The term corn
is also used to refer to maize in various food products made from
maize such as cornbread, corn meal, corn dog etc. In England,
corn means wheat, although the word often retains its generic
meaning there. In Scotland, corn may refer to oats.
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