Crazy About Corn!
Over the next few weeks and months it is highly probable that you will receive an invite to an outdoor gathering. It is even more probable that it will have food! Burgers, hot dogs, potato salad and strawberries are the works, but none of these are more authentically American than sweet corn! To some, no backyard or spring/summertime gathering is complete without the bright yellow, sweet, simple corn in attendance.
From salsas and chowders to nuggets and on the cob, let’s talk everything sweet about corn!
Where Did It Come From?
Unlike most of the typical American diet, corn has been in North America before there even was an America! The first corn looked very similar to the seed head at the top of wheat stalks, but through the cultivation techniques of Central and South Americans came field corn. This corn was sometimes eaten fresh, but was mostly cooked in cakes, breads, puddings, ground into flour or dried and stored for winter. Corn was so precious to earlier civilizations that early calendars were devised solely to keep track of the corn planting and harvesting.
Through cross-pollination field corn was developed into sweet corn, the type we know and enjoy today.
How It Grows
Planted in an inch or 2 of soil, corn germinates in 5 to 12 days depending on the strain and growing environment. Its roots will grow about 1 foot all around to support its vertical length and it will be ready to harvest in 60-100 days also depending on environment.
How To Buy
Corn comes canned, frozen, or fresh. When choosing your own fresh corn, look for silky, moist tassels on the husk. Squeeze a bit, and you the kernels should feel swollen. Peel back the tip of the husk and take a peek to be sure the tips of the ear (corn) are filled out and healthy before buying. Once you get home keep the husk on and get it into the fridge immediately. Once corn is picked, the sugars begin to turn to starch. Eat it within 24 hours!
Crock Pot Corn
Corn On The Cob
Mexican Street Corn
Cheesy Corn Casserole
Bacon Wrapped Corn
Not sure how to de-husk your corn? Watch this!
Want to remove the corn from the cob? Do it the easy way!
Tag us in your Corny creations with #BestMarket, we’d love to see!
May 25, 2017