Because corn is a member of the grass family, it is not strictly a vegetable but a grain (see Grains, page 269). However, one type, sweet corn, is prepared and served as a fresh vegetable. The seeds, or kernels, which are the edible part of the plant, form in spikelets on a woody axis called an ear. They are covered with a green husk. Ears of corn vary in size, and the kernels range from white to yellow, orange, red, brown, blue, purple, and black,
although sweet corn is always white or butter-yellow.
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