Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Corn Field in Sabak Bernam, Selangor!

Corn juice, lepat jagung (Malay pancake made of corn), grilled corn, corn fritters…. Boy! I can easily name a handful snack/food made from corn.

I recently experience kampong life during my Ke Kampung Kita trip (‘To the village we go’ Media Trip), and it was fantastic. One of the highlights that caught me by surprise is the corn field (can it even be called a field? It was small [yet they make sure it is informative, I guess size doesn’t matter]), we not only learnt about the snack/food made from corn but also about the plant itself. Educational and fun, trust me!

If you want to know how the lepat jagung looks like, quickily click HERE.

Some of the stuff we learnt :
1. Jagung susu (Cameron white sweet corn) is whiter/lighter in colour versus jagung manis (sweet corn)
2. We can eat ripened raw corn – freshly sweet (tested and approved!)
3. The corn seeds used by the kampong (villages) here are came from Thailand, China and Taiwan.
4. The leaves can be used as animal food
5. How to identify a ripen corn that is ready to be plucked. If the janggut jagung (corn silks) have turned brown and the ears have entirely filled out, it’s time to harvest. Click here for video.
6. The corn planted here are for human consumption, and not animal

Other un fact that I’ve gathered :
7. Corn is called maize in some countries
8. The corn field here are planted/harvested twice a year
9. Approximately 100 acres of corn field in Sabak Bernam (1-3 acres per each individual)
10. It takes 60-70 days for it to mature/ripen
11. Corn is the same family as cereal grasses, paddy, wheat, oats, and barley i.e grains
12. Corn ear or cob is part of the flower and an individual kernel is a seed
13. An ear of corn has 800 kernels in 16 rows, at average
14. Most interesting fact:- there are over 3,5k different uses for corn products such as fireworks, rust preventatives, glue, paint, detergent, soap, antibiotics, paint, cosmetics and many more

To view the video, click HERE.

I would like to recommend/suggest for the locals there to start a ’A-corn Café’ selling food/snack/dessert/drinks made from corn. Add edu-tourism as well, brief introduction about corn, the plant, its benefits, and etc. I can see potential here.

Wouldn't that be cool.

Kita Ke Kampung Volume 2 Media Fam Trip 202 is in collaboration with Unit Perancang Ekonomi Negeri (UPEN) Selangor and all its sponsors with #GayaTravel Magazine as media coordinator.

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