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Premiere Date: July 9, 2002

Although Christopher Columbus was searching for riches and wealth to take back to Europe, he overlooked one of America's biggest cash crops — corn. At the time, Native Americans were systematically collecting and cultivating multiple varieties of early corn or maize. Their farming produced a higher yield of corn than other cereals cultivated by farmers in the old world such as wheat, rice, barley, sorghum and rye.

Corn, once it was introduced into the world economy, transformed land use, food production, cuisine, and population growth. Today, corn dominates U.S. agriculture, with production more than double that of any other crop. It is the third most planted field crop (after wheat and rice) in the world. An astonishing array of products, including rubber, plastics, fuel, clothing, food additives and other products are made from this once overlooked vegetable.

One of the many hundreds of recipes Native Americans used for corn was the tortilla. In the U.S. today, tortillas are better sellers than the bagel, according to the Tortilla Industry Association. Popular in early America and today, enjoyed across the Americas, here is a recipe to make homemade corn tortillas.

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