Last summer I experimented growing some Painted Mountain corn in our garden. This corn is ultra-early (85 days . . . a real plus for our far north location), and developed in the mountains of Montana for its hardiness and colorful display. You can use it by grinding for cornmeal, roasting the fresh ears and, of course, decorating.
Unfortunately, we missed sampling any as roasted eating corn this past year, but will be sure to do that this coming season.
We let the ears mature on the stalk, harvested them from our little plot (just 4 rows in a 6' x 9' plot), dried them and this afternoon I finally got around to shelling the corn.
First we selected the nicest ears to save for seed corn. (Those ears are shown on the table above.)
We had purchased a hand sheller so it was time to see if it did an adequate job.
Our ears of corn grew quite a bit longer than the advertised 6-7" length. Some were 10" long! But they were quite skinny (that's what I want to be . . . skinny and taller), and so didn't fit in the sheller as well as a fatter ear would have.
I still didn't have much trouble getting the kernels to pop right off the cob. (And pop they did . . . in the bowl in my lap, onto the floor, clear across the room!)
Our little harvest yielded a pint jar and a half gallon jar full of corn for grinding (on the left in above picture) plus one very full quart to use as seed corn.
I'd call the experiment a success so far. The corn is touted as making a high-nutrition flour so now grinding some and baking with it is next on the list.
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