Thursday, September 29, 2016

Glass Gem Corn...

A man on Facebook sent me 5 Glass Gem Corn seeds last winter.  In May I planted them in a circle in the garden.   Since there were so few seeds, sometimes if you plant them that way, you still get decent pollination.  It worked!  I picked 13 ears of corn this afternoon.  This is a kind of popcorn, and can be ground for cornmeal as well.  I am going to hang it up and let it dry thoroughly before I try to pop or grind it.  It's so pretty!  I've looked at other pictures of the Glass Gem Corn online and they are even prettier!  By the way, there really was no insect damage to these, whereas my sweet corn had many corn ear worms this year.  The plants are very tall, and since I only had 5 seeds and got 13 ears, obviously they are quite prolific. It is an open-pollinated variety.  Here is a picture of my little harvest:


13 comments:

  1. That is is so pretty!Hard to believe that came from just 5 seeds!

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  2. That is wonderful, I will try some, I think it would make great cornmeal.

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  3. Oh, that is pretty! Will you save seeds and plant a bigger patch next year?

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  4. Beautiful color. Did you even have some corn with fungus. The corn fungus (huitlacoche) is considered the gastronomic gem something like truffles in Europe. I had been trying to find fresh here in the area with not luck.

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    1. We call the corn fungus, "smut", and no, I've never had that. If I ever do, I might be brave enough to try eating it!

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    2. It's delicious. It's considered a delicacy, it has a velvety texture and a very mild taste.

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    3. I will have to do a little research on that! I remember seeing it for the first time when I was about 6 years old. It terrified me! lol

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  5. I cannot get Glass Gem in Australia so I have Painted Mountain to plant this year. My first time with coloured corn - can't wait!

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  6. That is so neat. A perfect lesson in what one seed can do.

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