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In this Lesson you will Learn

  1. Is corn a vegetable or a grain?
  2. How to select and store fresh corn

Though corn is often considered a vegetable, in reality it is actually a grain. Sweet corn is often enjoyed fresh from the cob after boiling or grilling. Popcorn is made from the dried kernels of a specific type of corn that is also called popcorn. Corn can also be ground to make corn flour, cornmeal, grits, or polenta.

Fresh sweet corn is in season in the summer; in the US, it is mostly grown in the Corn Belt, which includes many of the states in the Midwest. When buying fresh corn, look for tightly wrapped husks and squeeze to feel for firm and round kernels. Fresh sweet corn is best if eaten within 24 hours, though it may last a few days if you refrigerate it without removing the husk.1

Sweet corn can also be bought canned, or better, frozen when fresh is unavailable.

Nutrition DNA

The nutrition DNA of corn. For example, you can see that 100g corn covers 16% of your daily allowance of sugar and 10% of the recommended Fiber intake. Hover over the bars to see which nutrient is covered.


  1. Real Simple


  1. Corn is a grain.
  2. Selecting and storing: buy corn with tight husks and firm round kernels, eat within 24 hours or refrigerator for a few days without removing the husk
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