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Zea mays (Corn)


Oaxacan Green

75 to 85 days-Unusually-colored 6" ears on 6' stalks. Kernels are multiple shades of green, from bronzey to pea-like to dark. A dent corn, meaning that each kernel is dented on top and its primary use is for grinding into meal or coarse flour. From the Zapotec Indians of southern Mexico, who have developed a fascinating array of vegetable varieties. This ancient and hearty corn is used for making green-flour tamales. Pronounced "Wahákan." All our corns come in packets of approximately 200 seeds, as a stand of this size is more or less the minimum for adequate pollination and for preservation of the genetic diversity of the variety (if the gene pool is any smaller than 200 plants, the variety will lose vigor and begin to veer off into genetic weirdness). $5.00/pkt.

Country Gentleman Sweet Corn

75-85 days to the sweet corn stage, 95-100 to full maturity-7" to 8" ears on 6' to 8' stalks. Developed in the town of Orange, Connecticut and introduced in 1890. Good for roasting. Do not expect modern extra-sweet taste from this variety! This is the old-time corny corn flavor. The unusual thing about this corn is that its kernels are not in rows; they are long, narrow, and tightly packed together in what appears to be a random pattern all over the surface of the cob. Known as Shoe Peg in the South. Often produces two ears per stalk. White kernels. $2.50/pkt.

Black Aztec Sweet Corn

75 days to sweet corn stage, 100 to full maturity-7" ears on 6' stalks. Kernels change color from milky white to blue-black as the ears mature; eat as sweet corn (again, it will not be sweet to modern palates) when white; use for parching (a way of preparing corn similar to popping popcorn in a frying pan, only without the oil) or sweet cornmeal when black. Only 8 to 10 rows of kernels per ear. Usually produces two ears per stalk. Dates back to pre-Columbian times, perhaps back to 2,000 years ago. $5.00/pkt.

Golden Bantam

75 to 80 days to sweet corn stage-5" to 6" ears on 5' to 6' stalks. Only 8 rows of plump, yellow kernels per ear. Introduced by Burpee in 1902. Soon thereafter Golden Bantam became the king of sweet corns, sweeping aside the white-kerneled varieties that had reigned supreme for many years. Probably the most popular open-pollinated sweet corn of all time. Like many open-pollinated sweet corns, Golden Bantam must be picked very soon after it reaches its prime of sweetness and tenderness, or it will pass on into a much less pleasant tough and chewy stage. $2.50/pkt.

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