Fields of Golden Goodness

Well maybe not fields but a least a few rows.  Can you not tell im in the process of planning our garden.  Today I will be discussing corn and the different varieties that i would like to plant.  I would also like to try and make my own cornmeal.  I love cornbread and would love to know that ive made it from scratch.

Black Aztec Sweet Corn
Sometimes called ‘Black Mexican”. It is believed to have originated in upper New York, possibly grown by the Iroquois nation. It was first offered in seed catalogs as ‘Black Mexican’ in 1864. The 6′-tall stalks produce large ears that are used as sweet corn in the milk stage, with the kernel being sweet, tender and very tasty! When mature, this corn turns deep blue-black and makes a very delicious cornbread.
Chires Baby Corn I have been looking for a good baby corn ever since I traveled to Southeast Asia and tasted the tiny ears almost daily, picked fresh and put into stir-fries and soups. This variety produces up to 20 tiny ears on its multi-stalked plants; pick just after the silk shows at the tips of ears, or let mature for popcorn!
Dakota Black Popcorn
Dark reddish-black ears are quite attractive for fall decorations, or popping into tasty popcorn! This variety is easy to grow, and does well in almost all growing climates. Fun for children’s gardens.
Hopi Pink Flour Corn New!
90 days. A truly lovely native variety that has kernels in shades of pink, mauve and salmon on 8″ ears. Drought-tolerant and great for making flour; one of the best varieties for farming in dry conditions.

I would like to try some different stir-frys come summer and fall and I love popcorn so I think this may be a good corn of choice.  I love popcorn and haven’t had anything but bagged corn in along time.  Id like to find an old fashion popcorn popper sometime.  Not only am I looking for crops that go well I also would like some stuff that has color to it.

Cant forget the sweet corn.  I was looking over at Victory Seeds and s a few kinds of sweet corn.  I’m likes these two ive got pictured.  I know it may seem like alot of stuff between the beans and the corn, but i’ve got lots of room.  Front yard, back yard, and side yards.  Plenty of room for planting all kinds of stuff.  I’m also very fortunate that most of my planting spots get sun most of they day.

Golden Bantam
78  days � The old standard yellow sweet corn that has been the home gardener’s favorite since the beginning of the 20th century.  The plants grow to about six feet and produce seven inch ears loaded with sweet, plump, golden kernels. [Approximately 110 seeds per ounce]
Orchard Baby
65 days � A very unique and interesting variety of sweet corn for home gardeners.  Bred by a Mr. Orchard of Canada, this variety was introduced by Oscar H. Will & Co. in their 1947 catalog.  They continued to offer the variety until they went out of business in 1959.

The plants are short (four to five feet tall) and produce two small, five to six inch ears that have eight to ten rows of sweet, yellow kernels.  The flavor is delicious – tender, not starchy, flavorful and just the right amount of sweet – not too overpoweringly sweet like modern super sweet varieties.


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