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Corn Query

alfairfax | Jul 2, 2007 08:12 AM

I just posted on the General Topics board a lament over the loss of corn that tastesmore like corn than like candy-corn. I gave up on white corn years ago and sought out the increasingly difficult to find yellow stuff. You know, REAL corn: looks like corn and most importantly, tastes like corn.

At the stand that features picked-that-morning corn from Brentwood at the Marin Farmers' Market there would be yellow corn, but not every week and not in nearly the amount as the yellow stuff. Another vendor had some yellow, but when I tried it I found it too dry and mealy and without a lot of flavor. So with great pleasure, I bought from my favorite stand 6 ears of fresh yellow and found it to have gone sweet--almost as sweet as the white candy corn ears. Great juiciness and texture, but the taste was mild behind the initial smack of overwhealming sugar.

Are there still growers serving the Bay Area who grow corn that actually tastes like corn? Where is the heirloom corn movement? I hope I am not the only one who wants corn to be a dinner item not dessert.

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