Cut off the shank of the corn -- the knobby extension protruding from the end of the corn ear where it connects to the stalk. This is one of the best places for worms to develop, and removing the shank with a knife will extend the life of the corn. Place ears of corn in your refrigerator as soon as possible. Leave the husk on, if possible, and let the corn sit in the fridge uncovered. Keep the temperature at or below 40 degrees to reduce the amount of natural sugars in the corn from turning to starch at higher temperatures.
Corn is nutritious, providing fiber, which aids in digestion, plus folate, thiamin, phosphorus, vitamin C, and magnesium (about 10% of the daily value for each).
- Scientists believe the people of central Mexico developed corn from teosinte, a wild grass, at least 7,000 years ago.
- Columbus acquired corn from Indians in America and brought it back to Spain.
- An ear or cob of corn is actually part of the flower and an individual kernel is a seed.
- On average an ear of corn has 800 kernels in 16 rows.