Pining for Pineapples

Pineapples (Ananas comosus) come from tropical plants in the Bromeliaceae family. The fruit actually consists of coalesced berries. Pineapples originally evolved in the inland areas of what is now Brazil and Paraguay.  South American Guarani Indians cultivated pineapples for food. They called them nanã, meaning “excellent fruit.” The Guaranis and other tribes explored, raided, and traded […]

Waking up to Corn Flakes

Corn flakes are a breakfast cereal originally manufactured by Kellogg’s. Corn (Zea), known to much of the world as maize, is a cereal grain. Cereal grains are member of the grass plant family, Poaceae, along with bamboo, wild rice (Zizania), wheat (Triticum), rice (Oryza),  oats (Avena), barley (Hordeum), millet (Echinochloa) and rye (Secale). Their starchy seeds are used for food. Corn was domesticated by indigenous peoples […]