New Sweet Corn with Purple Cob

By Charlie Nardozzi

Nothing is more rewarding than munching on sweet corn harvested fresh from your garden. There are lots of sweet corn types available, from old heirlooms to supersweet varieties. Recently breeders have been crossing old and new varieties to come up with some interesting combinations. One of the latest is 'Martian Jewels'.

'Martian Jewels' is a cross between flour, normal sugary, and sugar-enhanced varieties. It has sweet, creamy white kernels that mature on 6 foot tall stalks 80 days after seeding. The unique characteristic about this variety is that the cob is purple. Imagine munching into this variety and finding a purple-colored ear. It makes a beautiful display contrasting with the white kernels.

For more information on 'Martian Jewels' sweet corn, go to: Seeds of Change .

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