In the sun-drenched lands of ancient Mexico, natives stumbled upon a modest wild grass known as teosinte. With only a handful of kernels adorning its cob, teosinte hardly resembled the bountiful ears of corn we know today.
Over the millennia, our ingenious forebears’ cultivated maize with great care, selecting the most promising plants for breeding. As a result, they brought forth a dazzling array of corn varieties through crossbreeding and hybridization.
The success of corn as a staple crop is partly due to its incredible adaptability. Able to withstand drought, resist pests, and thrive in a wide range of environments, corn has become one of the most important cereal crops in the world.
Zea mays is a monoecious plant that contains both male and female reproductive structures within the same organism.