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Corn and Baby corn

Corn, also known as wheat and maize is native to Central and South America. After Columbus introduced Spain to corn in 1492, it spread across the world by land and sea in the 16th century. It was also introduced to China and Taiwan at the beginning of the 16th century. More than 100 years ago, "Taiwan Chronicle" recorded that "wheat is like millet, like a leaf and an ear of hundreds of grains of pomegranate seeds." As such, corn has been grown in Taiwan for a long time.

Have you ever heard of "Corn Bamboo Shoot"? Did you know that Corn Bamboo Shoot is baby corn?

Baby corn refers to young cobs of corn. Because these are thick at the bottom and pointed at the top before silking and pollination, they are shaped like bamboo shoots, hence the name corn bamboo shoots.

A corn plant has an axillary bud in each node except the top 4-6 nodes, but not all axillary buds develop into cobs. Generally, only 1-2 axillary buds can form female cob general corn varieties, 5-6 cobs can be formed for multi-cob corn varieties. Baby corn is grown to produce young and tender cobs, so multi-cob varieties are selected.

Reference materials: Agricultural Knowledge Portal - Green Bamboo Shoots Theme Pavilion, Traceable Agricultural Products Information Network, and Corn Theme Pavilion, Ministry of Agriculture
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