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And Now -- Glass Gem Corn!

By Vickilane
And Now -- Glass Gem Corn!
So, you may our may not remember that back in the spring I did a post about some of the stuff I was planting in the garden, including this really neat Glass Gem Corn. I had only nine or ten plants and I've been keeping an eye on them, waiting impatiently for the corn to mature.  
The corn stalks didn't make the size of my other corn -- some are downright puny. But unlike my sweet corn, these stalks each had two or even three ears -- small ears  And Now -- Glass Gem Corn!
I've been concerned that something would get them before I did and yesterday I saw that the deer had moved in. Deer had been nibbling at the sweet corn and now that it's all harvested, they made a  move on my precious Glass Gem corn, the vandals!  And Now -- Glass Gem Corn!
So, in a pre-emptive strike, I picked about half the ears -- those that were almost mature. And Now -- Glass Gem Corn!
Maturity is signaled by the cornsilk drying up and turning dark brown -- I picked some that were only dark-ish... And Now -- Glass Gem Corn!
And, oh, the fun of carefully pulling back the shucks to see what the corn looks like! And Now -- Glass Gem Corn!
Amazing colors! And Now -- Glass Gem Corn!
This is one the deer chomped on -- but look at that turquoise shade and see how some of the kernels at the top are parti-colored!And Now -- Glass Gem Corn!
One ear was just beginning to show some color; another was yellow and white, and another (probably very immature) was pure white. And Now -- Glass Gem Corn!
I think that they gain color as they dry -- we'll see. And Now -- Glass Gem Corn!
There was one puzzzling aberration --I wonder if it's a throwback to the ancestor of corn -- teosinte? And Now -- Glass Gem Corn! Talk about delayed gratification! I'm sure I appreciate this corn far more than if I'd just mail-ordered a few dried ears.
In any event, I have some of this gorgeous corn safely drying in my corner cupboard. I'll use some as decorations and save some for seed. If any of you want to give this a try next year, perhaps I'll be able to share (if the deer leave me a few more ears.) But only here in the states -- I think that most countries have stringent regulations about sending seeds.
How does is taste? I did a taste test on one -- at the stage when sweet corn is juicy and, well, sweet, this was dryish, gummy, and very starchy. I'd say that this is a corn suited for making flour or feeding critters.
Or, of course,  for blogging about.  And Now -- Glass Gem Corn! Posted by Picasa

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