What Is? Süt Mısır

  Süt Mısır, or milk corn, is boiled, grilled corn-on-the-cob sold on street carts across Istanbul.

With a name like Milk Corn, you would think that this corn is cooked in milk, but this is sadly not the case. The term actually refers to “suckling corn” meaning baby corn, which still takes  milk, in a form of vegetable personification slash lost in translation. Of course, corn is not a mammal and therefore never took milk from its mother in the first place. That said, the majority of the street corn sold tastes as though it is of the cattle feed variety, in which case it would be potentially made INTO milk, exposing a much more appropriate story for the name.  Not to confuse matters, but Mısır is simultaneously the word for corn and for Egypt.


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