Jersey Silver Queen Corn’s the Best!
Once when I was in my early 20s and old enough to “know better,” a friend and I stole some ears of corn. Corn fields are quite common in New Jersey, so we just pulled up alongside one and proceeded to pick a bushel.
While my friend was preparing the salted water, I started to husk the ears. Much to our surprise wasn’t rows of yellow but rows of colorful, decorative corn! We were later informed that farmers often do this to deter people (like us) from stealing their corn!
Corn crops are beautiful throughout their stages of life. Now that it’s summer, the color is turning a richer green and the stalks are getting taller. In the fall, the golden color against a blue sky is lovely.
The husks from corn have many uses. Mexicans use dried husks, which you can find in bodegas, to wrap tamales and other dishes inside–they seem to retain the moisture. I have seen husks used in crafts to make flowers or dolls, and the stalks are sold for fall decorations.
My brother-in-law is an evolutionary geneticist who studies the morphological traits of plants using maize and its wild relatives for research. He’s our “corn man.” Someday he will develop a perennial corn.
- America’s no. 1 field crop
- an ear averages 800 kernels and 16 rows
- Corn is produced on every continent of the world with the exception of Antarctica.
- The origin of corn is believed to have started in central Mexico from a wild grass called Teosinte
- One bushel will sweeten more than 400 cans of Coca Cola
If you are ever in NJ, you need to try Jersey Silver Queen corn–it’s the best!
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