The scientific name for corn is zea mays. Corn is in the Poaceae family and this family contains more than 100 subspecies of corn.
Corn is a grain that comes in white, black, blue and red varieties, among others. It is produced all over the world in countries such as the United States, Romania and South Africa.
Corn has been domesticated since 9000 BC and was a staple in the diets of Native American tribes as well as the Mayan and Olmec civilizations.
Although not as popular today, Americans still consume around 160 pounds of corn and corn products each year. Unfortunately, most of the corn consumed by Americans is in the form of high fructose corn syrup.Learn More
Banana peels generally contain 6 to 9 percent protein, 20 to 30 percent fiber and other components such as starch, sugars, lignin, tannins and minerals in varying amounts. The exact quantity of these components depends on the banana cultivar and its maturity.Full Answer >
Apples can last up to two months in the refrigerator. The date an apple was picked and the variety of the apple impacts its shelf life. Firmer varieties, such as Granny Smith apples, last longer than softer varieties.Full Answer >
Depending on the shape, size and variety of the fruit, pineapples can weigh between 1 to 10 pounds. The shape between two pineapples can vary because they develop as fruit fuses together. Pineapples also vary in color; their waxy outside coating can be dark green, orange-yellow, red or yellow.Full Answer >
Mamey fruit grows primarily in Central America and Mexico, but it also thrives in the backyards of some homes in South Florida. The fruit is football-shaped but smaller, and the exterior skin is light brown with a leathery texture.Full Answer >