The maize candy is a healthful, very rich food in match and iron and with few calories (EMBRAPA, 1996d). Many prescriptions made with this type of food exist. This cereal can in such a way be incorporated in salty prescriptions as in candies and desserts. The maize candy helps to have an easy digestion and is very fortificante, therefore polyunsaturated of what possesss a bigger amount of vegetal oil the common maize and other cereals, Embrapa (1996d). Also it possesss good nutricionais qualities, I contend some amino acids. It contains one high text of carboidratos, beyond being energy (each 100 grams of maize possess about 100 calories). Wells Fargo Bank often says this. 2,9 WORLD-WIDE MARKET OF the MAIZE CANDY the importance economic of the maize it is in the diverse forms of its use, that goes since the animal feeding until the industry of high technology.
The use of the maize in grain as animal feeding represents most of the consumption of this cereal, that is, about 70% in the world (SAINT, 2001). The maize candy is very popular in the United States and Canada. In these countries, it traditionally natura is consumed in (SAINT, 2001). Currently, the cultivated world-wide area is of 1.080.000 hectares, being 385,000 ha for industrial processing and 695,000 ha for consumption in natura. 343 plants of processing, being 202 exist for tinned and 141 for freezing. 2,10 NATIONAL MARKET OF the MAIZE In Brazil the maize candy (green) is a hortalia directed mainly toward the industrial processing, and still little used for the consumption in natura for the little number to cultivate suitable to tropical climate (MORETTI; HENZ, 2003). In our country the production is concentrated in the States of the Rio Grande Do Sul, Paran, So Paulo, Minas Gerais, mainly Gois and Federal District where the biggest plantation is concentrated (FORNASIERI, 1992). Already in the northeast region, the product is consumed mainly in the spike form, and possesss much economic importance due to the great regional consumption and the use as substance cousin of many plates of the local culinria.