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