Most of the corn in the U.S. (about 99% of all corn production) is field corn; it’s a much starchier cousin to sweet corn, which is what you see in the grocery store or at the farmer’s market, and it doesn’t pop like popcorn does (and despite how much salt and butter you use, it probably won’t taste as good as popcorn either). It is most commonly used to feed livestock, such as cows, pigs and chickens, but it has hundreds of other uses as well. Ninety-five percent of all corn farms in America are family-owned.
Corn is used as livestock feed, as human food, as biofuel, and as raw material in industry. In the United States the colourful variegated strains known as Indian corn are traditionally used in autumn harvest decorations.
Corn Husks are the outside green leaves on a cob of corn, that we usually peel off and discard. You can buy the dried husks at ethnic markets and stores. Or should you happen to have a corn field in your back yard, you can dry your own quite easily. Spread them out in the sun on hot, sunny days until the sun bleaches them (always bringing them in at night.) It can take up to two weeks. Before you store them, make sure they have completely dried out or they will develop mould spots.