When European settlers landed on the shores of North America, they brought with them the grains they were used to eating, including wheat, oats, rye, and spelt. But they quickly began to add a number of unfamiliar foods eaten by the native peoples they encountered. One of the first was Indian corn, or maize. The colonists soon learned from their Indian neighbors how to plant, harvest, and cook this grain. Corn was relatively easy to grow and very productive, and by the 18th century it was the most widely eaten grain in many of the colonies. Not only did people eat the breads, mush, hominy, grits, and porridge they could make from corn, but they also fed the tops and leaves of the plants to their cattle during the winter months. By the last half of the 18th century corn had become a lucrative commodity for export as well.
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~~~J. M. Hochstetler is the daughter of Mennonite farmers, an author, editor, and publisher, and a lifelong student of history. Her American Patriot Series is the only comprehensive historical fiction series on the American Revolution. Her novel Northkill, Book 1 of the Northkill Amish Series coauthored with bestselling author Bob Hostetler, won ForeWord Magazine’s 2014 INDYFAB Book of the Year Bronze Award for historical fiction. Book 2, The Return, releases in Spring 2017. One Holy Night, a contemporary retelling of the Christmas story, was the Christian Small Publishers 2009 Book of the Year.