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Jamaican Food Article. - Jamaican Corn

Jamaican corn is high protein and carbohydrate content. Jamaican corn has been an important nutritional resource for thousands of years. Jamaican corn can be traced back to pre-slavery Jamaica and has become a staple among Jamaican cooks and Jamaican chefs. Today, Jamaican corn has less starch and is sweeter. The sweetness accounts for its popularity among Jamaicans. Jamaicans consume about ten pounds of Jamaican corn per person annually, most of which is harvested as raw Jamaican corn. Jamaicans much prefer the raw Jamaican corn to imported canned corn.

A good thing about Jamaican corn is that frozen and canned Jamaican corn has about the same nutritional value as fresh Jamaican corn. So, for the many Jamaicans who are not able to get fresh Jamaican corn, they can still enjoy frozen or canned for nearly the same nutritional value as fresh Jamaican corn.

There are more than fifty varieties of Jamaican corn. All are good sources of vitamin C, but only yellow kernels contain small amounts of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene.

Make sure the Jamaican corn husks are green, tight and fresh looking. Pull the Jamaican corn husk open to make sure that the ear contains tightly packed rows of plump kernels. The Jamaican corn kernels should be smaller at the tip of each ear. Large Jamaican corn kernels at the tip is a sign of over maturity. If you pinch a kernel, milky juice should spurt out. Jamaican corn should be stored in a cool area. Warmth causes the sugar content of Jamaican corn to be converted into starch. This process will cause the ears to become less sweet.

If the Jamaican corn is not cooked shortly after it is purchased, then it should be stored in refrigerator. Refrigeration helps the Jamaican corn retain its sugar and vitamin C content. If you buy un-husked Jamaican corn, keep it in its husk until you are ready to cook it. This will help the Jamaican corn retain its moisture content. To fully enjoy the great taste of sweet Jamaican corn, cook it as soon as possible. The sooner the better is a good "rule of thumb."

Grilled Jamaican corn is a tasty summer treat. Grill the Jamaican corn with the husk still on to retain flavor. Instead of using margarine, butter, or salt on your Jamaican corn, try fresh herbs, light dressings, and or Jamaican lemon. Jamaican corn kernels are a great addition when mixed with other Jamaican vegetables. Adding Jamaican corn to your favorite Jamaican vegetable soups, in rice to add color, or in tossed Jamaican salad recipes.

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