Corn gets a bad rap these days and for good reason. There's the whole GMO thing, leading to corn that can tolerate an ever-increasing amount of pesticides and fertilizers (which are bad for you). Then there is the part where it gets turned into high fructose corn syrup leading to a never-ending supply of cheap sugar (also bad for you). And finally, it's a carbohydrate and those have fallen out of favor in recent years in some circles. Poor corn.
Nevertheless, some varieties of corn have redeeming qualities. In particular I'm talking about sweet corn, and it just so happens to be in season. Sweet corn has several important differences that distinguish it from its bastard cousin, GMO corn. Sweet corn is open pollenated and usually grown by small, independent farmers. It's not a commodity crop. No one is getting subsidies for this stuff. Farmers can save their seed for next year if they want, an act that has become alarmingly rare these days.
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Another difference is it actually has a taste, and it is a good one. Sweet corn is sweet (obviously), usually with small kernels that pack a big crunch. Some varieties are bi-colored, while others are yellow or white. This week I bought something that looks like an overgrown berry, but is really red corn for popping on the cob, aka popcorn.More »