Since yesterday was National Iced Tea Day, it only makes sense today is all about another summertime favorite, right? Shucks, June 11 is (National) Corn on the Cob Day.
Whether you boil it in a pot, nuke it in the microwave or barbecue it on the grill, fresh corn on the cob is simple to make and delicious to eat. Nothing says summertime like sinking your teeth into a fresh ear of corn and experiencing that oh so familiar explosion of goodness in your mouth that wakes up those sleepy taste buds.
Corn has been around for centuries. Besides food and animal products, corn is a key ingredient used in over 4,000 products including ethanol, antibiotics, adhesives, hand soap, soft drinks, leather products, fiberglass insulation, dyes, chewing gum, fireworks, rubber tires and cosmetics. Corn may just be one of the most versatile crops in the world.
According to the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), more than 81 million acres of corn was harvested in 2010. Most of that corn, about 90 percent, is grown on family farms.
Fresh corn on the cob is not only fun to eat, it’s healthy as well. And even better, most kids love to eat this delicious summertime vegetable. Without butter, a small ear of corn has about 63 calories while a large ear has about 123.
Speaking of delicious food - today is also National German Chocolate Cake Day! Mmmmm..