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Sweet Corn


When you see this little old brown fuzz or silk sticking out the end of that corn that means it's good eating time in Texas. This is sweet corn and it signals the beginning of June. Summer is officially here when you have that sweet corn ready.

We're out here at Verstas and they have an abundant harvest of some of the largest sweet corn you ever saw in your life. This has been ideal growing conditions for sweet corn this year. This is an extension recommended sweet corn called Sweet Genidy; it's bi-color. Some people say, "I like the yellow corn better." Well if that's the case, you eat the yellow kernels. Some people say, "Well I like the white corn better." If that's the case you eat the white kernels. So it's something for everybody.

Now one nice thing about this year's corn crop is not only is it super sweet and big, but it also is almost worm free. Now you see were the worms ate a little bit on this and for some reason they just quit.

I don't know what happened because this is organically grown pest free corn. So for some reason they quit. And this is sweet corn. Now, it's kind of an interesting sweet corn, this variety is, because most of the time sweet corn has flag leaves, but Texans like field corn. They like to get more for their money so they like these big 'ol cobs. Now this is stalk that has a big cob yet it's still sweet. You can't beat it because corn has a lot of beneficial things about it. You can eat it raw, but if you do eat it raw, don't eat many or you won't need a laxative for several days.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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