Corn with character
3 ways to try corn right now
- Dress your sweet corn like they do in Mexico, and rub the steamed ears with lime wedges, then sprinkle with salt.
- Going to New York? Be on the lookout for pastry chef Deborah Snyder's moist fig cake with sweet corn ice cream; check if it's on the current menu at the acclaimed Lever House.
- Use blue cornmeal for a twist on regular cornmeal muffins and breads.
3 things you may not know about sweet corn
- The average ear of corn has 800 kernels, arranged in 16 rows. There is one piece of silk for each kernel.
- The word corn once referred to all grains, but now it's used only for maize.
- Archaeological studies have found that corn was grown near Campbellville, Ontario, before the year 1200 AD.
1 tip you can't live without
- Instead of salt, try adding a bit of sugar to the cooking water to keep the kernels sweet and tender.
1 thing to remember at the grocery store
- Ears should feel cool, not warm. Select fresh-looking green husks with moist, pale yellow tassels, and cook the corn the same day you buy it.
1 essential tool for corn
- Serious corn lovers can bake their own bread in Lodge's skillet divided into pie-shaped wedges; alternatively, look for baking pans shaped like cobs.
3 varieties of corn to grow on your own
- Hybrid White Cloud white popcorn
- Big Quick bicoloured corn
- Bodacious yellow corn