Maize was introduced to Europeans by Christopher Columbus on his return from the New World. This soft but firm textured grain is for cooking. Corn adds eye appeal and a unique corn flavor to stews, soups and casseroles. Perfect for posole, a thick Mexican stew, often flavored with pork. This corn can be baked, broiled, fried, used in soups and it is wonderful tossed with rice and spices. A useful, versatile grain!