Corn was developed about 6,000 years ago in the Oaxaca Valley of Mexico. Eventually, many American Indian tribes came to depend upon this easy-to-grow, protein-rich grain.
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'Painted Mountain' (85 to 95 days). Developed in Montana from Northern flint and flour corns, this cold-climate corn grows 5 feet tall and produces ears on the main stalk and on tillers (side stalks). Small ears feature red, yellow and purple kernels with a high protein content. It can be eaten as sweet corn at the milk stage, or dried and used for parching or meal. Sources: Baker Creek, Territorial Seed.
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