Purple corn

Description

The scientific name of purple corn is Zea mays L. and it belongs to the Poaceae family. Its origin dates back to pre-Inca times, as can be seen in artistic representations on ceramics from the Moche culture (100-700 A.D.). It originated in the mid-altitude region of central Perú, then spread to the Peruvian coast and later to the high altitude Andean regions.

May 5th is declared the National Day of Purple Corn and other corn varieties.

Nutritional value

Components Per 100g 

  • Calories 357 cal
  • Water 11,4 g
  • Proteins 7,3 g
  • Fat 3,4 g
  • Iron 8 mg
  • Vitamin B1 0,38 mcg
  • Vitamin B2 0,22 mcg
  • Carbohydrates 76,2 g
  • Fiber 1,8 g
  • Ash 1,7 g
  • Calcium 12 mg
  • Phosphorus 328 mg
  • Vitamin B5 2,84 mcg
  • Ácido reduced ascorbicacid 2,1
  • Anthocyanin 1,5-6%

Health Benefits

The anthocyanins (natural pigments) contained in this superfood give it antioxidant power. Many benefits are linked to this famous property anti-aging. Purple corn promotes the creation of collagen and the renewal of cells and connective tissues. Among other benefits.

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