The Q&A Archives: Corn

Question: When I was a little girl (in the 60's) we ate corn-on-the-cob that was not at all sweet but had a wonderful flavor. My parents always called it "Field Corn." I cannot find a variety of corn to grow that doesn't describe it as being sweet, extra or super-sweet. I dislike sweet corn very much. Isn't there an old-fashioned type of corn (seed) still available??

Answer: Field corn, or starch corn, is available, from the following sources: Abundant Life Seed Foundation, P. O. Box 772, Port Townsend, WA 98368, or Seeds of Change, P. O. Box 15700, Santa Fe, NM 87506-5700. Each of their catalogs is filled with information about field, dent, starch and sweet corn. Field corn is often ground into flour or corn meal, but is sometimes eaten fresh. The kernals are tougher than sweet corn, but the flavor is wonderful.

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