Multitasking A Holiday Weekend Side Dish
MAIZE / (mayz) / n. / 1. Known in some English-speaking countries as “corn,” a plant with large stalks that produces a kerneled grain domesticated by indigenous people in Mesoamerica dating back to prehistoric times; / n. / 2. A sugar-rich, edible starch that is readily distilled into a grain alcohol known as ethanol, a popular automative fuel alternative; / n. / 3. Golden-yellow orbs, known as ears, that are the most widely grown grain crop in the United States; / n. / 4. A popular accompaniment to grilled and slow-cooked meat; / n. / 5. An oil extracted from the germ, or embryo, of the maize plant’s seeds that is a valuable frying fluid as well as an antioxidant-rich active that can increase hair suppleness when applied topically, e.g., “Maize will boost the quality of your Memorial Day barbecue, and your shine-depleted strands as well.”
Try it: Phyto Subtil Elixir with Maize Oil, $38, www.sephora.com.
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