Maize Day is a day that commemorates the unique role maize plays in food history. The Europeans called maize “corn” because of its fascinating history. It plays a central role in many indigenous myths and legends. Corn deserves its own holiday, and anyone who has ever had corn on the cob with buttery cream and salt knows this.
The American natives were able to trace the history and origins of maize back to the beginning of time using their legends. They believed that maize was the food of the gods who had created the Earth. This belief played a major role in many indigenous myths and legends. Maize was also one of their most valuable foods.
Maize is actually derived from the Spanish word for plant. Maize was a major component of the native diet, accounting for approximately 65 percent. Maize was so vital to the natives, that when Europeans arrived in North America to search for gold, they asked them about corn. Because of its high value, it was the only thing that was more valuable to them than the grain.
Although the European settlers brought their own grains, they soon discovered that they did not perform as well in North America. They began to grind corn kernels to make a meal, which was later used for bread. Like the natives, colonial farmers discovered that different parts of plants had many useful by-products. Cobs were used to light fires or to ignite slow-burning wood fires. Its stalk and leaves were used to feed livestock.
Husks were used to make brooms, chair bottoms, and pads for mattresses and collars to draft animals. Native Americans were the first to domesticate maize. This impressive crop can now be found in many foods, including bread, cornflakes, chewing gum, and popcorn. It is used almost everywhere as a main ingredient in feed for horses and cows. The heating of “feed maize” is becoming more popular. It is used in special corn stoves.
Maize has been known to be around since 1500 B.C. and spread quickly once it was first grown. It is still a staple food in many South American countries, and it is often enjoyed by people around the world as a side dish.
The best way to celebrate Maize Day with your friends and family is to share a special meal that includes different types of maize and different combinations of different dishes. There are so many options!
Everyone will find something to their liking, from Mexican cuisines like tacos, quesadillas and tamales to Italian polentas to the cornmeal-mush of US Army to chicha Morada, to alcoholic beverages made from fermented maze such as chicha Morada.
Maize Day is also a day of special events, such as maize growing competitions, cooking contests, special cooking classes and maize craft classes.