Thursday, June 28, 2007

Query

Is corn a vegetable or a grain?

Question came up last night at family dinner at Mom's. She's 78, but she still hosts Wednesday night dinners every other week for anyone in the family who is available. Good gathering last night.

4 comments:

kathryn said...

Corn is a grain. Since we eat it at meals like a vegetable, that's what we think of it as, but it's not. (Just as the tomato is a fruit but we think of it as a veggie.) More info on grains here.

kim said...

everything is always relative and variable. pretty much.
grits is a vegetable. cornbread is a grain product.
i understand there is also a liquid refresher form.

smenita,, on the other hand...

Julie said...

"Unlike field corn varieties, which are harvested when the kernels are dry and fully mature, sweet corn is picked when immature and eaten as a vegetable, rather than a grain." - from Wikipedia, which may actually be accurate this time.

And this is really bizarre but my word verification is "smenita". I kid you not!

Shirl said...

Very good responses! It's my viewpoint that field corn would be grain, sweet corn would be vegetable. I like the citations.

Smenita, on the other hand . . .

Wow, Julie! How could that be??? That is so weird!