In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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High as an elephant's eye

Based on the subject line, you're probably guessing that this entry will be about drugs. No so. Instead, I'd like to expound for a bit on the wonders of corn. It's a fantastic plant and we all owe quite a bit to it. A while back, I was listening to a NPR story about corn and was amazed at how much it plays into our daily lives. Everything from the much maligned high fructose corn syrup to its use in ethanol production. It was on that show I first found out that corn is actually a lot more efficient than the other grains we eat in converting sunlight to starches. If we could only have one grain, corn would be a clear winner. I even ran across a place advertising online that has a sandbox filled with corn for kids to play in rather than sand. Just imagine trying to do that with broccoli.

I think all of you should go out and buy yourself some sweet corn on the cob. No boiling and no butter needed. Just steam them until they're done and enjoy. One of the best parts of summer is that it's corn season. Might as well enjoy it while it lasts.
Tags: food

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