Dating on earth popcorn

27 Sep

The apex of the stem ends in the tassel, an inflorescence of male flowers.When the tassel is mature and conditions are suitably warm and dry, anthers on the tassel dehisce and release pollen.However, not all of this maize is consumed directly by humans.Some of the maize production is used for corn ethanol, animal feed and other maize products, such as corn starch and corn syrup.It was believed that beginning about 2500 BC, the crop spread through much of the Americas.

The study also demonstrated that the oldest surviving maize types are those of the Mexican highlands.

Certain varieties of maize have been bred to produce many additional developed ears.

These are the source of the "baby corn" used as a vegetable in Asian cuisine.

In Spielvogel's view, many centuries of artificial selection (rather than the current view that maize was exploited by interplanting with teosinte) by the indigenous people of the Americas resulted in the development of maize plants capable of growing several cobs per plant, which were usually several centimetres/inches long each.

The Olmec and Maya cultivated maize in numerous varieties throughout Mesoamerica; they cooked, ground and processed it through nixtamalization.