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Maize

Maize (Zea Mays)

Maize is a cereal grain domesticated in Mesoamerica and subsequently spread throughout the American continents. After European contact with the Americas in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, maize spread to the rest of the world.

Maize or corn, is a cereal grain which originates from South America and was brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus and Sir Walter Raleigh in the late 15th and early 16th centuries.

While some maize varieties grow up to 7 metres tall, most commercially grown maize has been bred for a standardized height of 2.5 metres. Sweet corn is usually shorter than field-corn varieties.