Does any vegetable say summer more than corn? Grilled, boiled, or steamed, this stalk is always a staple at summer barbecues. However, there’s more to corn than its taste. Read on to learn more about what this veggie has under its husk.
What is Corn?
Corn is a starchy vegetable that originates from North and South America. Cultivated for thousands of years, varieties of different colors and sizes exist. In fact, more than 200 varieties of corn grow in the United States. While sweet, yellow corn usually comes to mind as your summer staple, you can also find corn in colors like red, orange, blue, white, purple, brown, and black.
Since corn is relatively starchy, it can include an amount of fiber similar to whole grains. Corn also contains essential minerals such as zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese. Another benefit of corn is that it includes veggie-full antioxidants and B vitamins.
How to Eat More Corn
Harness more fibrous goodness in your diet by finding ways to incorporate corn! The ways to prepare corn are endless. Try incorporating kernels into cornbread batter for texture or topping your salads with roasted kernels. You can also find snacks that use corn as the first ingredient, such as ZENB Sweet Corn Veggie Bites.
Although corn-on-the-cob is a delicious classic, switch it up with a refreshing pasta salad that includes the fibrous vegetable! Try Summer ZENB Elbows Pasta With Blistered Corn, Parmesan, & Truffle Oil or our ZENB Rotini Pasta Salad With Grilled Summer Veggies & Harissa Vinaigrette!
However you choose to enjoy corn this summer, there’s no wrong way to harness the benefits of eating seasonally. Whether it be a classic cob, on-the-go snack, or a rediscovered dish, the possibilities are endless!