Zea mays

The history of this plant is deeply connected to the history and genius of the Indigenous people of America. Beginning around 8,000 years ago with a plant known as teosinte, a small grained wild plant that had very few edible kernels, generations of indigenous people selected and bred for the qualities and traits they wanted to encourage. The result is the gorgeous expression of diversity, nutritionand abundance that we know today around the world. Indeed, the corn plant heralded the beginnings of vast civilizations that flourished across the Americas supported in large part by the nutritional wealth this plant afforded to those who stewarded it for so many generations. This plant continues to adapt and change as it travels the world and evolves to meet the needs of different cultures, cuisines, and climatic conditions.