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Fresh corn etiquette

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Fresh corn etiquette

foodiex2 | Jun 12, 2006 10:23 AM

Corn is not yet in season here in New England but the stores have started to receive some pretty good looking Florida corn. I walked past a big display at Whole Foods and so so many people were practically husking the whole cob and then tossing aside-obviously searching for the "perfect" cob as none of the discarded showed any sign of blemish.

Why do people insist on doing this?? I rarely buy non- native corn preferring to wait for the fresh picked at a few local stores and/or farmers market in my area. But even so when I buy any corn I judge the ears by the feel and the weight. Sure I occasionally get a "bad" ear but they are few and far between. I also find that corn stays sweeter longer if you wait to husk it right before cooking (now that may just be my perception, I have no proof that it is true)

So why all this waste?? Nobody buys the tossed aside ears. Why do people insist on doing this and why is it acceptable? Stores don't allow us to cut open melons or avocados so why corn?

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