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Originally published: 2013-08-02 12:05:44
Last modified: 2013-08-02 12:06:28

Avery County Cooperative Extension: Sweet corn = summer memories

Melanie Cashion / (

One sure sign that summer is here is when sweet corn starts showing up at the local farmers’ markets, roadside stands and in gardens all over Avery County. My dad planted corn in his garden every year, so seeing the corn reminds me of my childhood.
When selecting sweet corn look for the following signs of quality:
• Kernels that are plump. Do not choose ears with kernels that have begun to shrivel or ‘dent.’
• Kernels that are ‘milky’ inside so that when pressed with the fingernail the juice pops out.
• Depending on the variety, yellow corn should have a bright yellow color; white corn should be really white.
• Husks which fit snugly around the ear, look fresh, and have good green color. Do not select ears with husks that are dried, yellowed, or straw-colored which are indications of age or damage.
• Shiny dark brown silk is a sign of well-filled kernels. Silk ends should be free from decay or worm injury.

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