Origin and vocabulary
The cereal came from America (it was believed to be India at the time).
The word indian corn is still frequently used in the language of Quebec. It has its origin in an old French dialect. It said wheat india because French explorers thought they had discovered the route to India when they first came to America.
In France, stripping the ears and festive parties not named after husking, stripping the term, or are used: defoliation, or husking épanouillage (ears is also called panouilles) dépailloutage, débouraison, cleaning, dépillage, or écheillage espérouquère.
Then and now
This festival is a legacy of Native Americans who organized in honor of the corn harvest. French settlers have kept this tradition: the harvest period, we invited everyone to peel and shell the corn. Whoever discovered a red ear was named king or queen of the night and could embrace the person of his choice.
Often, the holder of the lucky find concealed his ear and was going to kiss, unexpectedly, an ingenue who do not expect. Girls, by cons, overcame their shyness more difficult. Who discovered that the red ear instead chose to pass to his friend that he was a gentleman, kissed on the spot.
It seems that this custom was also known Portuguese, French and Americans.
Today, we gather around a large vat of boiling water placed over a wood fire or gas. While the cooked maize, chatters, have fun and some benefit to organize competitions and to challenge the hungry to know who eats the most corn. Where premises are suitable, it is an opportunity to light a bonfire and invite musicians enliven the evening while burning ears run on blocks of butter.
Tips for a successful roast for a successful Indian corn with friends: Boil unsalted water (salt hardens the grain) in a pot on the fire, boil the corn for 10 to 15 minutes.