All Things Corn

Freshly picked selection:

Corn

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Corn is one of the oldest known food staples, and dates back to the ancient Mayan an Aztec civilizations.

Corn is now one of the most genetically modified crops in the U.S., so it is recommended to purchase organic and GMO-free when possible.

When it’s in season:

May-September

What to look for when purchasing:

You want to buy corn as fresh as possible because, once it is picked, the corn’s sugar begins to convert to starch which makes it less sweet. Look for ears with bright green, tight-fitting husks and golden brown silk. The kernels should be plump and milky, and the rows of kernels should be packed tight.

         How to store:         

Fresh corn should be cooked and served the day it is purchased or it can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Corn can also be purchased canned or frozen.

Varieties:

There are a handful of different varieties of corn with the two most popular being white corn called Country Gentleman and yellow corn, called Golden Bantam. White corn kernels tend to be smaller and sweeter than yellow corn.

How to prepare:

Strip off husks and silk just before cooking. Corn can be cooked on the cob, boiled or grilled, or the corn can be removed from the cob and cooked in various other ways.

Nutritional Benefits:

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Recipes to try:

While most people eat corn straight from the cob, it makes a great addition to salads. Check out our recipe for a protein-packed, gluten free option.

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Corn Fritters are another great way to enjoy corn. Making Thyme for Health has a great recipe that also contains zucchini.

Zucchini Corn Fritters

In addition to corn in kernel form, you can also use this versatile ingredient in the form of cornmeal for some tasty cornbread. Make the Best of Everything has a great gluten free recipe. If you are also avoiding dairy, you can easily substitute the yogurt and milk for dairy free options.

Gluten Free Coconut Oil Cornbread

Our Chefs Say:

“For a quick salsa, I throw together a small bag of frozen organic corn, 1 can black beans, chopped tomato, cilantro, and some lime juice. This combo is great for snacking on with corn chips, to add to salads, or on top of chicken or fish.” –Megan Huard, Chef RD

References:

Herbst, Sharon Tyler. Food lover’s companion: comprehensive definitions of over 3000 food, wine, and culinary terms. 3rd ed. New York: Barron’s Educational Series, 1995. Print.

Mateljan, George. The Worlds Healthiest Foods. Seattle: George Mateljan Foundation, 2007. Print.

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