Dent Corn Varieties - Knowledgebase Question

Wethersfield, CT
Question by ndahl
December 19, 1997
What corn varieties can I purchase that will be ideal for making hominy and grits at home? I have been told that 'dent' high starch types are not available from local seed companies, including Hart's Seeds. Aztec Red is one named dent variety that Internet searches produced.


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Answer from NGA
December 19, 1997

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By far the most widely grown type, dent corn (so named because the seed has a depression, or dent, in the crown) furnishes millions of tons of grain for human and industrial use and for livestock feed. The characteristic denting is caused by rapid dryingand shrinkage of the soft starch.

Contact the organization Native Seeds SEARCH. Their catalog contains a large selection of corn varieties used for making flour, hominy, and grits. Their address is 2509 N. Campbell Ave., #325, Tucson, AZ 85719;ph# 520-327-9123. They may be able to suggest varieties that will mature in your growing season.

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