Whether picked fresh from the garden or purchased from the farmers market or local produce aisle, sweet corn continues to be among America’s favorite vegetable.
Why is it so Popular?
Versatility! Eaten straight off the cob or included in side dishes, appetizers, entrees, and even desserts; sweet corn can be enjoyed prepared as part of a sweet or savory dish or even popped for a popular snack.
Abundant, adaptable and highly versatile, sweet corn is woven into the fabric of our country’s heritage. First grown by several Native American tribes and given to the Europeans by the Iroquois, the vegetable quickly became a fan favorite.
Did You Know?
There are many types of corn used for different applications, the four most well-known are Field, Ornamental, Popcorn, and Sweet.
- Field corn (Dent corn) is grown primarily to feed livestock and is left on the stalk to dry in the field. Though edible for human consumption field corn is not nearly as tasty as sweet corn.
- Ornamental corn exhibits elongated kernels and varied color patterns. This corn is grown primarily for its decorative purposes and is typically dried and used for Fall decorations.
- Popcorn comes from a special type of corn bred for its ability to expand and puff up when heated. When dried down the kernels can be popped for a healthy snack. The majority of popcorn sold worldwide is produced in the United States.
- Sweet corn is the most popular of the corns due to its fresh-tasting sweetness. Now readily available in produce aisles year-round. Sweet corn is also found in canned and frozen options. Homegrown sweet corn is easy to grow and is a wonderful summertime staple. The sweet corn we enjoy today is the result of a naturally occurring mutation in the genes which control the conversion of sugar to starch inside the corn kernels.