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Corny Quiz: What do you know about this American food staple?
by Staff
Corn on the cob is a summer staple, and it seems as American as baseball and apple pie. But where did it really originate and how healthy are its byproducts? See how much you know about this sweet and crunchy treat with our Corn of the Cob quiz.

Where did corn originate?

  • Asia
  • India
  • The Americas
  • Canada

True or false: To cut corn off the cob, you must first cook it.

  • true
  • false

True or false: The United States grows 40 percent of the world's corn crop.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Of all corn grown in America, most of it is consumed by humans.

  • true
  • false

How many varieties of corn are in existence?

  • 5
  • 25
  • 250
  • 2,500

True or false: Four of every 10 ears of corn are used to produce ethanol.

  • true
  • false

How many cups of kernels does a typical ear of corn yield?

  • 1/3 cup
  • 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup
  • 1 1/2 cups

Which of the following dishes typically contain corn.

  • polenta
  • hush puppies
  • Johnny cakes
  • all of the above

True or false: High-fructose corn syrup breaks down in the body just the same as sugar.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Although corn is not listed in its ingredients, Coca-Cola is reliant on the corn industry.

  • true
  • false

Which of the following energy sources is made from corn?

  • petroleum
  • lithium
  • ethanol
  • none of the above

True or false: The bigger the corn kernel, the sweeter the corn.

  • true
  • false

True or false: When grilling corn on the cob, you should soak it in water first.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Corn subsidies for ethanol have caused the cost of livestock that feed on corn to rise.

  • true
  • false

In which season does corn peak?

  • spring
  • summer
  • winter
  • fall

Which of the following adult beverages is made from corn?

  • rum
  • whiskey
  • vodka
  • gin

Corn is used in which of the following products?

  • glue
  • batteries
  • pharmaceuticals
  • all of the above

True or false: Sweet corn, which is consumed by humans, and field corn, which is eaten by livestock, look identical.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Corn is often referred to as maize in other countries.

  • true
  • false

How do you know when field corn is ready to be harvested?

  • kernels are plump and juicy
  • kernels are dry and slightly dented in
  • kernels turn from orange to yellow
  • the ears fall off the stalk