What food is more synonymous with summers in Ontario than freshly picked corn on the cob? Corn grows in “ears,” each of which is covered in rows of kernels that are then protected by the silk-like threads called “corn silk” and encased in a husk. Corn is known scientifically as Zea mays. This reflects its traditional name, maize, by which it was known to the Native Americans as well as many other cultures throughout the world.