by Jay Reesor
Every year when it’s time to put up our fresh sweet corn signs, I know that summer is truly here. Yay! Sweet corn! Why do so many of us have such a strong love of Zea mays var. Saccharata, the scientific name for sweet corn?
It’s quite simple really. It tastes SO GOOD! Plus probably many of us have good memories of eating sweet corn as a child. Carefully clearing off row after row, cob after cob of the tender sweet kernels. And could our early enjoyment of sweet corn possibly be linked to the fact that we were actually encouraged to pick this vegetable up and eat it….using our hands? Maybe turnip would be more popular if it had this eating rule.
Another fun thing about sweet corn is the names of the varieties of sweet corn. Consider these tasty-sounding names from this year’s Stokes Seed Catalogue: Luscious, Delectable, Fantastic, Awesome and Gourmet Sweet. Who wouldn’t want to eat a vegetable with fun and delicious names like these?
This year we have three varieties of sweet corn planted in sequence for harvest between the end of July and the end of September. Our early corn is called Navajo (an interesting name and a great early corn) and the other varieties are Gourmet Sweet 274 and Gourmet Sweet Awesome. My personal favourite is the Gourmet Sweet 274. It has large cobs, very tender and is very–delicious!
The sweet corn crop this year looks fabulous, (hey that’d be a great name for a sweet corn variety) so keep the butter handy, the salt close at hand and get the water boiling.