Cornbread: A Staple for Life

Updated: Apr 2


Cornbread is a popular food often served with family meals. People in the United States often associate it with holiday meals or as a typical southern comfort food. Either way, they would not be wrong. Corn is a staple food of Native American people in the United States, natives of Central and South America, as well as Africa. The traditional events that use cornbread today are symbolic of the history it represents.


Corn, and more importantly, Cornbread, has been a staple food for individuals that have struggled economically. Early forms of cornbread such as Johnny Cakes were used as traveling foods for soldiers and wanderers. Hush puppies were popular in combination with seafoods, when crustaceans were popularly given to household maids and butlers for servitude. Cornbread was immensely popular among African American folk during the 1700-1800s in the South (and still is to this day). Also, worth noting, during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl of the Midwest U.S., Cornbread was paired with beans and milk, not only for energy, but that of a complete protein.


Corn, and more importantly, Cornbread, has been a staple food for individuals that have struggled economically. Early forms of cornbread such as Johnny Cakes were used as traveling foods for soldiers and wanderers. Hush puppies were popular in combination with seafoods, when crustaceans were popularly given to household maids and butlers for servitude. Cronbread was immensely popular among African American folk during the 1700-1800s in the South (and still is to this day). Also, worth noting, during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl of the Midwest U.S., Cornbread was paired with beans and milk, not only for energy, but that of a complete protein.


Corn’s inexpensive method of preparation and food combination versatility make it well-known and well-enjoyed throughout the world! A look back at our history, will only give way to what we know about our present love for the foods we enjoy!


To make some cornbread and celebrate our past, check out our recipe.


Click to watch the full preparation video.

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