Corn is truly a North American food. It first was grown in Mexico and South America, then made its way north. In Europe, eating corn, especially corn on the cob, is a relatively new custom imported from North America. It is usually thought of as animal feed! There are many varieties of corn. Maize is what animals usually eat. Sweet corn is what we enjoy fresh on the cob or as canned or frozen niblets. Peaches and Cream is a favourite, with white and yellow kernels. Other varieties include Miracle, Kandy Korn, Earlyvee, Escalade, Silver Queen, Phenomenal and Seneca..
Corn is very healthy, rich in folate and high in fibre, vitamin C, niacin and thiamine. Enjoy corn all summer, grilled on the BBQ with husks on. (Be sure to remove silk and soak the corn with husk on in water for 10 minutes then roast for 15 minutes).
Try corn mixed with another Ontario favourite – peaches, a great source of Vitamin A and C.
Corn and Peach Salad
- 3 peaches, cut into pieces
- 5 ears of corn, boiled or grilled, then sliced off the cob
- 2 limes
- 3-4 tablespoons of virgin olive oil
- 1 jalapeno (optional)
- ½ a Vidalia or purple onion
- Sliced buffalo mozzarella
- Shredded basil leaves (7-8)
- Chopped cilantro
Combine the virgin olive oil with the juice from the two limes. Pour over the remaining ingredients and let sit for at least one hour. Salt to taste.