Purple Andean Corn

In South America corn also known as maiz or the Quechua word Chocllo, is a big part of every day life. Corn is a plant native to the Americas and was first discovered by European settlers when they first arrived at Plymouth Rock. Corn has always been a huge part of being American. The Aztecs used maiz to make flat breads such as tortillas, and the North American Indians ate it because of its sweet taste and rich properties that could also be dried and later used. The Inca however had Purple corn.

To the Inca it was held to the highest prestige, but in there native Quechua language they called it Chocllo, but  because the Spanish first discovered corn in Mexico they had to adapt the term maiz.  Corn in the Andeas come in many sizes and flavors one being maiz morado and the other being Peruvian giant corn, know as Choclo blanco. Corn in any state is a household name in all Andean communities. The purple corn recognized for its industrial uses as a colorant, can also be consumed. Common in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, purple corn is used in a drink called chicha morada, made by boiling ground purple corn kernels with pineapple, cinnamon, clove, and sugar, and in mazamorra, a type of pudding. One of the most popular purple corn food uses is the "Api", a smoothie served hot and sometimes called "Inca's dessert" tastes and looks a lot baby food.

Today maiz morada is served daily as a drink to acompany a celebration or to quench your thrist after a hefty day plowing the fields. As of lately Japan has been doing research on the Peruvian purple corn and importing large amounts of the purple corn husks for many reasons. Here is a list of properties that have just of lately been discovered:

Health Benefits
Anti-Cancer Properties
According to a research, conducted at the Ohio State University, anthocyanins extracted from purple corn, killed 20% of in vitro cancer cells. The scientists compared it to anthocyanins from different plants, such as: radishes, grapes, purple carrots and elder berries.

Obesity
According to a study, conducted at the Doshisha University in Japan, the purple corn anthocyanin C3G has anti-obesity properties. Dietary C3G prevented obesity in mice. As a result, they’re hopeful that a similar link will be found in humans will be found in further studies.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties
According to a research, conducted at the Tokai University in Japan, C3G has anti-inflammatory properties. This is a benefit, believed to be inherited in anthocyanin.

The amount of health benefits purple corn has to offer continues to grow. You should incorporate this food into your diet. To find out more about Andean corns read more here.