By Sarah Fiorello

Grass Family – Poaceae

Native to Mexico

Dried ground corn was an important food ration of enslaved people living on plantations.  Cooks made it into small flat corn cakes placed directly in cooling embers or onto a sizzling hot skillet, it was also cooked as porridge, and baked into delicious cornbread.  Corn is one of the most important staple grains in the world today especially for people in Africa and Latin America where it is eaten daily as cooked cereal or corn flour tortillas.

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