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6. Purple or black corn
Purple corn (also known as Hopi) is native to South America. Although for us corn with dark purple grains is a fashionable novelty, this type of maize was grown by the Indians of the new world 7 thousand years ago. But in the modern world, the most widespread are not monochromatic, but multi-colored rainbow varieties bred on this basis.
Their distinctive feature is the ears, which, along with purple, have seeds painted in all possible colors and shades of the rainbow. Moreover, each ear is a completely unique color mosaic.
The first popular variety of the famous colored corn, Glass Gem, was edible only as popcorn, and was mainly used for decorative purposes. But the later purple hybrids may not have been as pretty, but they usually taste as good as corn. These varieties include: "Violetta", "Black Pearl" and "Amero" (the latter is best used in milk ripeness).
Useful properties of purple or black corn
In addition to a rich set of vitamins and nutrients, such corn contains the amino acid tryptophan, which is successfully used to treat depression, insomnia and general body strengthening. Among other things, purple maize kernels contain lutein and polyphenols, which can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and prevent the development of cataracts.
Features of growing black corn
Most varieties of purple or colored maize are more thermophilic than the zoned varieties with yellow ears. Therefore, in order for the grains to ripen, it is better to sow seeds for seedlings in advance. Grown seedlings can be planted in the garden in mid-May. The purple corn site should be sunny and preferably calm.
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