Corn is the only grain whose origin can be traced to the Americas.
When Christopher Columbus landed in modern day Cuba some of his crew
went inland and came across maize. Corn was then brought back to
Europe. In Italy Corn is most often served as Polenta. This dish
comes from the Lombardy and Veneto regions of Italy. Polenta can
carry many different flavors and is a filling, nutritious dish.
Polenta is coarsely ground cornmeal, used in Italian cooking. Season
with herbs, spices, sautéed mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes or garlic
to make a delicious side dish or entree. Polenta can be sliced,
baked or fried. Serve Polenta hot and topped with maple syrup for