Re: The Native Corns Of Mexico Are Going Extinct
Things change. Few New England corns survive, so we have the problem here too. Most "indian Corn" sold here is from an "improved" strain. A few acres of old time "Narraganset Flint" are grown to supply RI grist mills, who in turn supply small amounts of meal to make genuine "Johnny Cakes". I have grown small amounts of "Nothstine Dent", just for fun. The Mexican corn that I tried did poorly up here. My seed supplier, Johnny's Selected Seeds, brought Nothstine back into production from a base of just 50 seeds. Several other companies sell dozens of old "open pollinated" corns including some from Mexico, but so far as I know, none are big sellers.
As far as Mexicans changing their diet goes, I congratulate them on their better standard of living. I remember an interview with Freddie Fender, who in the 70s became an "overnight" singing sensation well into middle age. (Remember "Wasted days and wasted nights....."). He said something like,"I used to live on rice and beans, but now I eat steak"
Thanks Rootbeer Man for this interesting tid bit!