Corn- A Gift from the Ancient People of the Americas. Today there are many kinds of foods and grains to eat. But long, long ago, before there were cities and farms, people stayed alive by following and hunting animals.
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But long, long ago, before there were cities and farms, people stayed alive by following and hunting animals.
Then some people found a plant called teosite. They planted it to eat and became farmers. They called it the "grain of the gods”. Over 1000’s of years it changed. It is now corn.
A teosinte ear was only 2 to 3 inches long with five to 12 kernels. Each kernel had a very hard covering.
The Corn God
was called the
and Maize God
of the Mayan.
planted corn. They called it maize.
The Aztecs ate 'envelopes' of steamed maize called tamales. Corn husks were stuffed with vegetables, meat or eggs. They are still eaten today.