Ah, Can’t you just smell the sweet corn simmering in the pot, or better yet, buttered popcorn?
Starting our corn indoors 2-3 weeks before planting dates has ensured August corn for us every year.
Corn (Zea mais) Sweet corn varieties – Average 50 seeds per pkg., less with limited quantity or rare varieties. $3.50
CN2. Seneca Arrowhead – 80 days. Older version of the popular sweet corn. Good flavor, produces nice cobs in longer season or if plants are started indoors and put out after last frost. We have had good luck with this variety.
CN7. Golden Bantam – 70-80 days. Original variety from 1902, it was one of the first yellow corns for the table. Good full flavor, use quickly for sweet corn. Good short season variety. Smaller cobs.
CN12. Ashworth Rat Selected – 75 days, heirloom. The name may not sound very good. But even rats know that certain corn kernels are sweeter than others and apparently that is what John Ashworth of St. Lawrence Seeds knew and helped him develop one of the best sweet corns around. I can attest that the mice have chosen this one as well! The 6” cobs produce sweet kernels of golden corn for fresh eating. Good for cold soil germination. 45-50 seeds.
CN13. Simonet – 60-65 days, reintroduced Heirloom. A Canadian corn, developed by Rob Simonet of Edmonton in 1920! Yay! The stalks are shorter for a shorter season area, producing 6” cobs with good corn flavor, sweet when picked and eaten straight away. Like many true open-pollinated corns, they convert their sugar to starch more rapidly than hybrids. This one will not rot in cold soils, making it ideal for planting out. Start indoors 2 weeks early if you are worried. Cannot go wrong. 35-40 seeds.
CN14. Indian Blue Sweet Corn – 75-80 days, heirloom. I wondered if this would be the same variety as the Black Aztec, but it is not, although it’s heritage probably dates back at least as far. Thought to have been obtained in Olympia WA, by Mr. Ira Hooker in the 1930’s it is also called Hooker’s Sweet Indian. The kernels start out white, when it is eaten fresh. As they ripen, the corn turns yellow, then pink (when it is most flavorful), the purple and finally blue. It dries black and can be ground into sweet corn flour for polenta. Wonderful and delicious. 30-40 kernels per package.
CN15. Black Aztec Sweet – 75-80 days, heirloom. Rumor has it that this corn might have been traded as early as 1860, and it is still one of the best around. The flavor is highest when in the milk stage, and can be roasted over a fire to bring out the best it has to offer. Or it can be left to ripen into the dark kernels that can also be used in any recipe calling for corn flour, or for soups. Wonderful for our area also. 35-40 seeds.
CN18. Luther Hill – 75 days, heirloom. The old standby white sweet corn. Small cobs with great corn flavor, and short plants. Good for a short season, because they mature faster. Cobs are smaller but there are 2-3 per plant. 35-45 seeds.
CN19. Gills Golden – 75 days, heirloom. The name may not sound very good. But even rats know that certain corn kernels are sweeter than others and apparently that is what John Ashworth of St. Lawrence Seeds knew and helped him develop one of the best sweet corns around. I can attest that the mice have chosen this one as well! The 6” cobs produce sweet kernels of golden corn for fresh eating. Good for cold soil germination. 45-50 seeds.
CN20. Painted Mountain Sweet Corn – 75-80 days, heirloom. Developed by the creator of Painted Mountain to select sweet corn plants that have the potential for a multicolored sweet corn. This is the old sweet corn taste and does not keep like GM Sweet corns, but for those who value that this is a natural selection process to produce a truer taste. 30-45 kernels per package.
CN27. Soltera Morado – 70 days. One of the most unique sweet corn you can ever grow. It is a Peruvian heirloom. IT is dark purple, and in the younger stages is white with a purple eye. It turns the water purple when cooking, and is loaded with anthocyanidins (antiox.). Very healthy and fun. Give it a head start indoors.
CN28. Double Red Sweet – 72 days. Winning sweet corn that ripens to deep red. Good flavor and rich texture. Takes a little longer, so start early. Deep purple when dried, so can be a welcome addition to color up winter soups. Loaded with antioxidants.
Popcorns and Grinding Corn types Pkg. $3.50, 40-50 seeds unless stated.
CP1. Mandan Bride – 90 days. Beautiful ornamental or flour corn from the Mandan natives in N. Dakota originally. Cobs are an amazing mix of colors, with striped kernels sometimes. Early maturing for the prairies.
CP2. Fiesta type – 92 days. Like Mandan Bride, Fiesta makes a gorgeous display in the garden of multihued cob and plants. The kernels are multiple colors on one cob, ranging in shades from white to red, to dark burgundy and black. One of my favorite types. I will try some for flour and popping. Who knows what will happen?
CP5. Tom Thumb Popcorn – 70 days. Super early and fun. The small plants produce only one or two 2-3” cobs on 3’ plants but fill quickly and fully. The kernels are true popcorn style and almost as big as commercial varieties. Limited offering – 35 seeds.
CP6. Pink Popcorn – 85 days. 60 seeds per package. These tall thin plants produce 2-3 cobs per plant of delightful pink colored seeds that pop up nicely. Good for our climate. Limited offering 25 seeds.
CP8. Gaspe Flour corn – 90 days. Early enough to produce grinding corn for polenta or flour, this corn produced well and has 2-3 cobs per plant, not overly tall or bushy and medium sized full kernels. Good pick for short season areas. Start indoors 3-4 weeks early to ensure a good crop before first frost.
CP9. Strawberry Corn – 90-100 days. A highly decorative and productive variety producing 4 foot stalks, yielding 2-4 mahogany-red 6” cobs with irregularly spaced kernels of sweet tasting corn. Most commonly recognized as one of the best popping corns. Easy to grow.
CP10. Painted Mountain Flint corn – 70-90 days. Painted Mountain grows fast even in cold climates where other corns struggle to stay alive in early spring. Drought and cold tolerant and can be grown where other corn cannot. Can grind or use dried kernels in winter soups. Limited seed, order early. Also for fresh eating if you catch it early.
CP11. Pennsylvania Dutch Butter Flavored Popcorn – Heirloom 1885. Wow! This corn will produce even though it is 100 days or more. I started them all super early and was rewarded with kernels for popping by fall. The mice really thought they tasted like butter as well, so I had to rescue the drying crop before they got them all. Kernels are butter colored and pop up to look yellowy, and have awesome flavor – hence the name. Try it and you will be thrilled. 50 seeds.
REINTRODUCED! CP12. Dakota Black Popcorn – Heirloom, pre- 1890’s. One of the original land race varieties, these kernels are deep red, ripening to almost black, and although they were sorely neglected in their isolation plot, they ripened and produced a limited amount of seed so if you want some it is special order by email. Let me know.
CP13. Red Indian Flour – From an ornamental blend. 80-90 days. These seeds will produce a decent crop of red corn kernels that make excellent flour tortillas. I am going to include a recipe on the website on how to make these from scratch. You will get a variation in color in your crop but most will be red. 40 seeds.
CP14. Ornamental Native flour/popcorn mix – 80-90 days. An exciting exotic mix of colored cobs and foliage, all of which can be used to grind into flour or popped for kernels of excellent flavor and texture. Also add them to soup, after you have used them for fall decorations that is!! 40 seeds.
CP15. Hopi Blue Flint Corn – 105 days. For the true experimenter that likes to make interesting flour corns for use in hominy, soups or decoration. Grows with a little early season boost (start indoors 30 days prior to last frost for best results) Medium blue kernels.
CP16. Glass Gem ornamental – 100 days. Beautiful transluscent kernels of every conceivable color make a stunning cob for decoration. But can be eaten as well
CP17. Seneca Blue Bear Dance Flint – 90 days. Well it is sure an interesting corn. The cobs sprout many colored kernels on the plants and the seeds dry to a good plump stage. Can be used in soups and stew in the winter whole or ground into flour for your own tortillas or chips. Can’t beat the taste.
CP19. White Tortilla corn – 90 days. From a cross between Seneca and Gaspe flint. So two good corns breed another. Grows like Gaspe, with white kernels and the odd yellow one in the mix. Makes perfect tortillas. Good flavor.