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.

Facts about 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!

©Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.

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12 thoughts on “Jersey Silver Queen Corn’s the Best!

  1. I love corn and had a good laugh over your story… I’ve eaten some of those colorful decorative ears of corn. Aside from being a bit tough, they are quite alright. 🙂

  2. I agree! It is the best! They don’t grow white corn here in Ohio. It’s either the bi-colored (yellow and white) or yellow. So my husband and I decided to grow our own Silver Queen Corn.

    I love your cornfield shots. I was admiring the fields while we in PA over the weekend. The growing season there is ahead of ours and their corn was MUCH taller.

  3. Love the effect of the fence against the corn field; goes well with your story as well, as it says keep out. Not familiar with decorative corn – can’t it be eaten?
    Seeing golden corn fields against the blue sky is really uplifting visually.

  4. Of course I agree with you about Jersey corn, “It’s the best!” Sweet, savory and delicious, especially with butter and salt and pepper, but then again, some people like it just plain.

  5. Your post brought back a great old memory of getting corn from a field near our house when I was a child. The field was not long after sold off and a housing subdivision sits there today. Corn = summer to me, always has and always will.

  6. I am thrilled to have stumbled on your blog, from your comment on another post earlier today! Great shots and details on corn. The colors and compositions are terrific. In terms of the poll, isn’t the best always your own!? And especially good when stolen (borrowed?) from a farmer’s field in the night–I too did such an escapade when I was younger in Indiana, but he was less wily and we had a delightful feast!

  7. Wily farmers eh?! Interesting stats on the corn. I do wonder whether it will be grown more widely in the UK – apart from forage grain – with our rising summer temperatures.

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