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dried corn, native american diets, corn nutrition

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ExEx 14105


Consumer Sciences


Sun-dried corn has long been a staple food in the Native American diet. Corn, a low-calorie food full of vitamins and minerals, can be dried using food preservation methods of sun-drying, solar-drying, or dehydration with a home dehydrator. When dried, corn is lightweight and does not need to be refrigerated for storage. A half cup of dried corn will re-hydrate to yield one cup. Dried corn can be used in soups and stews, eaten as a snack, or ground as cornmeal. Traditionally, Native Americans carried large quantities of dried corn as tribes traveled from camp to camp. The following traditional recipes using dried corn have been adapted for modern use.