26 April, 2015

Tips for selecting and storing fresh corn

Sweetness is key to the quality of corn, and harvesting at peak flavor is every grower's challenge. The prime harvest time for sweet corn passes quickly for most varieties except the supersweets," says the National Gardening Association, so both gardeners and consumers need to know how to judge the timing and quality of the harvests.

Also, the sooner you cook fresh corn, the sweeter it tastes, because the moment you pick an ear of sweet corn, its sugars start changing into starches. Other than some newer "supersweet" varieties, most corn varieties convert more than half their sugar content to starch within twenty-four (24) hours of harvesting, says the National Gardening Association.

Selecting fresh corn
Always select carefully fresh corn from your garden and local markets. It only takes a little practice to become a good judge of the corn, and here's some tips we found to get you started:

  • Look for bright grassy green husks fitting snugly around the ear of corn 

  • In your own garden, you might peel back the outer green husk to check and see if the corn looks good
    • However, according to the National Gardening Association, once you open an immature ear, it's susceptible to insect and bird attacks as it continues to ripen.
    • Fold the husk back up to prevent drying.
    • Although a very reliable method of checking quality, many stores and farm stands won’t let you pull back the husks because disarranging it leaves the corn vulnerable to both pests and drying out. The husk helps to keep in moisture.

Storing fresh corn
  • Eat corn quickly after harvest or preserve / store properly

How To

Page Last Modified 16 June 2015

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