Corned beef with carrots, potatoes, and cabbage
How Did Corned Beef Get Its Name?
The term "corned beef" comes from the original definition of the word "corn." While we associate the word with maize, it actually stems from the Latin word meaning "grain."
Corn came to describe any seed or grain product in England, Scotland, and Ireland. It actually described different crops based on what was more popular in a given region.
Corn's association with grain also meant it was used to describe any small particle similar to a grain. Something like salt, for example.
In the 17th century, England banned imports of live cattle from Ireland, prompting it to produce and export salted, preserved beef to England.
The result was Irish corned beef, named after the "corns" of salt used to preserve the meat. Hence, the name "corned" stuck as a term for any meat preserved this way.