Native to South America, corn has been used for over ten thousand years. It has become the staple grain for the entire North American continent. Today, corn is cultivated worldwide and is one of the most popular grains used in cooking. I recommend organic fresh or frozen corn to avoid genetically modified varieties.
Corn requires hot summer sun and rain to flourish and grows quickly. Often eaten by itself, the popular corn on the cob has practically limitless other culinary uses—flour, meal, grits, tortillas, corn syrup, corn oil, bourbon, and popcorn (from one variety of the grain).