So, while this is mostly a recipe blog, every now and then another aspect of cooking creeps in, like gardening. Which is probably pretty legit, actually, since food does come from somewhere before it hits the shops. ;)
I planted sweetcorn last year, but with how busy everything seems to get during the summer, I struggled to harvest and cook it in anything like a timely manner. In fact, more than a couple of ears just languished in the kitchen, slowly drying out. So this year, I thought, “Why not get corn that’s meant to dry out? For popcorn!” And when I saw pictures of glass gem corn, I knew that’s what I had to plant. It is just SO pretty:
And since, as my cousin observed over the summer, I “don’t grown normal stuff, only interesting things”, I figured what the heck. But, predictably, I left the harvest a little too long, and only picked the ears this morning. Tentatively, I started pulling back the husk, noting with gloom that I’d had some pests snacking on them, and bracing myself for ruined ears.
They did not disappoint. Like, WOW.
The variety of colors and patterns! They really look like little bright gems, and I can’t stop admiring them. My husband has been laughing at me all day, as I make him look at one ear after another. I don’t care. I’m utterly smitten.
Here’s a huge shout-out to Baker Creek Seeds, from whom I bought my seed corn. Everything I’ve received from them has produced wonderful vegetables, herbs, and flowers, and I can’t wait to start filling my cart again for spring! Seriously, if you plan on planting anything next year, check with them first.