Blue corn, or as it is called corn of the hopi (from the name of the native American hopi tribe who reside in the hopi reservation in northeast Arizona, which originally brought this grade), is a type of corn grown in North Mexico and southwest United States.
The plant has a long history of use: as a dye food and beverages, and as a raw material for a fermented alcoholic beverage chicha MORADA. Recently, it was found that blue corn due to the presence of high amounts of any known fruit and vegetables anthocyanins, providing powerful antioxidant herb, anti-inflammatory and antitumor properties.
Blue corn is different from ordinary not the only color. One of its advantages is the fact that it contains 20% more protein and lower glycemic index than white corn. Experts say that grain blue corn have a distinct nutty flavor, and dishes made from blue corn flour have a delicate sweet taste. The hop is processed at the blue chips, cake mixes and cereal. From the flour of blue corn, make masks, and the company "Sage spirit" (USA), which prepares the ritual and medicinal plants in the traditions of the American Indians, just sells dried blue corn bags. Hop-corn has many varieties, and range the color of her ears changed from light gray through red and blue to almost black. On one fork can be combined with grains of different colors, and such plants are used as decorative.
The main varieties of this cereal included in the registry have the color "standard blue", "hard blue" and gray-blue. Despite the large number of varieties, the farmers are treated fairly small number of varieties. Now the fashion for blue corn among American consumers (blue corn chips, for example) promotes the growth of companies, producing seeds of blue corn. Availability of varieties of this cereal can affect the hop-fields of agriculture and social activities.