Is There A Sour Corn?

When Iroquois Native Americans first gave their Papoon variety corn to European settlers in 1779, undoubtedly following some initial hesitancy, the white folks ate this strange offering and approved of the taste. But did they really say: “Man, this corn is sweet ! I love this shit. Let’s call it Sweet Corn”?. Seems unlikey. All they had to compare it with was field corn, which was used for animal feed and other industrial uses, including cooking oil.

It’s just something that’s been vexing me.

Published in: on January 2, 2010 at 11:31 am  Leave a Comment  

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