Ep. 41: Maize

“Ears of corn, a staple in the highland diet, dry in the yard of a Peruvian farmer. When ground, boiled and fermented, corn produces chicha – a potent beverage.” From The Incredible Incas and Their Timeless Land

Maize, or corn, is grown all over the globe.  But it wasn’t always this way.  This plant has its origins in southern modern-day Mexico, with its parents being teosinte and tripsacum.  But the off-spring of these two parent plants was quite different than the maize we know and love today, much different.  In this episode we take a brief look at how maize we know today became what it is.  And of course, the Andes have their role to play.

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Intro/Exit music by: Kalx aka Kaliran: Andean Lounge, Scream of the Devil

Transition music by: Kike Pinto

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