Corn, Midnight Snack (Zea mays), packet of 100 seeds, organic

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Family:  Grass (Poaceae)

Annual, maturing in 75 days

Annual dual-purpose corn.  A Tuscan corn type selected by Prof. Elwyn Meader in 1978 and given over to the public domain.  First image–corn ear in sweet corn stage.  Second image–corn in flour corn stage.  In other words, the early harvest cob may be harvested for sweet corn use (steaming on the cob or as is commonly done with the Tuscan types, roasting on coals) and the late-harvest corn may be allowed to dry on the plant and used during the winter, reconstituted in soups or ground up into corn meal.  Good simple food.  The plants make one to two good ears per plant, with very few tillers (the small stems thrown out to the side which I personally find annoying). The ears are medium-sized.  Good resistance against lodging.  The stalks are medium-height (about 5 feet tall).  The raccoons did not bother this planting.  This corn was truly enjoyed by our family.  We found it to be filling and not overly sweet.  Standard corn culture–direct seed in the garden or field, making sure to create a patch, not a single row, for the purpose of efficient pollination and full ears.  Bounty, Bounty, Bounty.  I envision a home gardener trying to create a working patch out of the standard 50 seed packet and it takes too much imagination.  We have increased the packet size to 100.  That should do the trick.

100 Seeds/pkt, Certified Organically Grown

Corn, Black Aztec (Zea mays), packet of 50 seeds, organic

Corn, Black Aztec (Zea mays), packet of 50 seeds, organic

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Family:  Grass (Poaceae)

Annual, maturing in 75 days

Annual heirloom drought-resistant corn grown for decoration or for grinding into corn meal, making highly nutritious and tasty blue corn bread.  There is really nothing like growing your own cornbread.  When we made our harvest, a number of the ears were immature (white kernals) and these we sliced off with a knife and put in a pot of water and simmered overnight.  In the morning, we ate this corn porridge and it was absolutely wonderful!

50 Seeds/pkt, Certified Organically Grown

Corn, Country Gentleman (Zea mays), packet of 50 seeds, organic

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Family:  Grass (Poaceae)

Annual.  100 days to maturity

(White Corn, Shoepeg Corn) Annual sweet corn is one of the best of all heirloom open-pollinated corns, dating back to 1890.  The plants grow very tall (8 feet or so) and make extremely long and weighty ears.  I personally can eat 6 “golden bantams” at a sitting but slow down after only 2 “Country Gentlemen.”  This shoepeg type makes kernels in zigzag pattern, not rows. I found that longer boiling times worked well–10 minutes at a brisk boil–due to larger mass of ears, and to make the kernels very soft, milky and sweet to eat. The plants require standard corn culture.  I would make sure to thin them to 18 inches apart, as they are big, and make big tillers.  Do not remove the tillers, that was an experiment I made and later wished I hadn’t.  This corn requires a lot of water to do well–I had low yield on a drought year and had many stalks with 2 large ears on a good water year.

50 Seeds/pkt, Certified Organically Grown

 

Corn, Hopi Blue (Zea mays), packet of 100 seeds, Organic

Corn, Hopi Blue (Zea mays) seeds, Organic

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Family:  Grass (Poaceae)

Annual.  90 days to maturity.

Robust, drought-tolerant flour corn cultivar selected over many generations by the Hopi tribespeople of the American SW.  Plants 3.5 to 5  feet tall.  Ears to 1 foot long, usually 2 per stalk.   The kernals remain ivory colored until dry-down, whereupon they develop their stunning blue-black lustre.  Plants prefer bright sun.  Do not over water during early growth phases lest the plants become too leggy.  Heap soil around the developing stems to prohibit lodging (that’s when the plants fall over in strong wind).

Packet contains 100 seeds
100 g contains ~460 seeds
1 pound contains ~2,088 seeds
Certified Organically Grown

 

Corn, Fisher's Earliest (Zea mays), packet of 100 seeds, organic

Corn, Fisher’s Earliest (Zea mays), packet of 100 seeds, organic

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Family:  Grass (Poaceae)

Annual.  70 days to maturity

(Fisher’s Earliest Sweet Corn) Cold soil tolerant.  Phytonutrient rich.  This is a yellow, open-pollinated sweet corn that delivers good old-fashioned sweet corn flavor.  The ears get darker yellow after boiling.  They are sweet and chewy.  We like this corn on the cob, cut off the cob, and made into corn chowder, which anchors many of our summer meals.  This strain has been developed for best performance in cold regions (northern states or at elevation).  The seedlings demonstrate frost tolerance, so in a good year the seed may be sown during sunny weather before the last frost date.  A fine choice for planting in warmer zones, too, where the quick maturation will be greatly appreciated by family and customers. Tends to make multi-stemmed plants that bear from 1 to 5 ears per plant.  Responds well to wide spacing and generous fertilization. The quick maturation can allow for up to three successions for ongoing supply of excellent fresh corn for the table.

100 Seeds/pkt, Certified Organically Grown