Maize

Maize

Maize

Also called Indian Corn, or Maize, cereal plant of the tribe of the grass family Gramineae (Poaceae), originating in the Americas, and its edible grain. Corn silk is made into medicines and also used as a medicinal tea. The silks contain various compounds that are used as a diuretic. "A gift of the gods" is how corn was regarded by the Indians of Mexico. This amazing crop has been a staple food for the Mexican culture as well as the crop responsible for 20 percent of the worlds calories from food.

Types

Different types of maize are classified on the basis of their protein content and the hardness of the kernel. These include pop, flint, flour and sweet corns.

Scientific Name : Zea Mays

Indian Name : Maize / Makkai

Uses & Application

As starches, sweeteners and ethanol, all made from the starch portion of the corn, refiners produce Corn oil and a variety of important Feed products like gluten meal, gluten feed, corn germ meal and condensed fermented corn extractives. Corn is the essential ingredient for making tortillas, tamales, hominy, and pozole. Corn Silk is helpful in any irritation of the urinary system. It is used for renal problems in children and as a urinary demulcent combined with other herbs in the treatment of cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis and the like.

Typical Specifications for Export of Indian Yellow Maize:

Sr Refractions Maximum Limits (%)
1 Foreign Matter 3.00%
2 Weevil - led seeds 2.00%
3 Moisture 14.00%
4 Damaged Otherwise 6.00%
5 Discoloured / Immature Seeds 3.00%
6 Broken Seeds 3.00%
7 Admixture 2.00%
8 Aflatoxin 50 PPB
9 Free from live weevils  

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