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
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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