Thursday, Jan 18th 2018

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Sweet Corn

What is so sweet about sweet corn?

The tasty delicious facts about sweet corn

There are fewer images which are iconic to a harvest farm other than corn. From the mentioning of the word farmer, I automatically start to think of vast rows of corn sprouting up with bright yellow heads ready for picking. Sweet corn is among the most common of the “yellow” corns and has fundamental differences between the traditional field corn.


What is sweet corn and where did it come from?

Sweet corn is a variety of teosinte (a wild native grass) which has been mutated from the original field corn to produce a sweeter flavor.  The corn is a variant of the field corn variety, yet with stark differences in flavor and appearance. It is unlike purple corn because the flavor is not fruity and typically not used as a beverage.  Purple and blue corns are also firm in texture while Sweet Corn is soft, even when cooked.

Whether the original sweet corn as we know it today was domesticated intentionally or by accident is unknown. Some claim that the corn was a harvesting accident and others have claimed that the corn was purposely domesticated by Indians. Neither theory can be proven with any certainty. What is known is that the corn was already being harvested in the United States when Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492. Traditionally, sweet corn is associated with one of the vegetables eaten at the first Thanksgiving, again contributing to the iconic image of farming/harvesting and corn. Some theories state that sweet corn originated in Mexico which would make sense as it remains one of the largest producers of corn (#4 after the United States, China, and Brazil). Yet, this is speculative as no one really knows how or when it came about. All we know is that currently, Sweet Corn is grown and desired by individuals in every continent as one of the top desired vegetables.

Sweet Corn vs. Field Corn

The main difference in Sweet Corn and Field corn is the flavor and usage. That is saying quite a lot. Field corn grows in tall husks which are harvested late into the season (October or November usually) when the husk is brown. The corn is dark yellow and close to the cob. The primary use of field corn is for corn meal and other such “additive” ingredients. One of the most popular uses for field corn is tortillas and corn chips. By itself, the corn is not very tasty. Field corn does yield a higher seed than sweet corn, but both can be planted annually with great results.

Sweet corn varies from field corn in that it is harvested earlier in the year, grows on a shorter (almost stick like) stalk, and produces a juicer and tastier corn. Unlike field corn, sweet corn can be eaten straight after picking as it is naturally sweet. Typically, sweet corn is the choice used by those wanting to have fresh corn on the cob.

Visually, the corn looks similar. However, there are some visual differences which can be noted. Field corn is typically all yellow, bright yellow. Sweet corn generally has a mixture of yellow and white kernels. The kernels of sweet corn are also larger than those of field corn. This results in fewer kernels on the sweet corn cob as compared to field corn, but the kernels are juicer than those of field corn.

Sweet Corn off the cob

Sweet corn is tremendously popular and if you are one of the many people that prefer to eat corn, the odds are that you are eating sweet corn. However, if you have never tried fresh picked corn you may want to consider it. You do not have to eat the corn directly off the Cobb. Do what the industries do before pumping a container full of preservatives, cut it off.

Cutting corn off freshly picked ears provides you with:

More vitamins and minerals as the produce is fresher

Less chemicals and preservatives which may act as an allergen to certain individuals

Higher fiber

A better taste as the produce will be juicer

Come and pick some sweet corn

Right now the season is at hand for sweet corn picking. At Trax Farms we have an abundance of corn and want to offer you the chance to pick some for yourself. Whether you prefer it on the Cobb or cut off for those delicious family recipes, you will find that the sweet corn of Trax Farms is plump and juicy.

We could like to invite you to our farm.  Located in Finleyville, PA we are relatively close to Pittsburgh. If you have any questions about our corn or any of the other great harvests available on our farm please feel free to come by or to contact us at 412.835.3246. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Contact Trax Farms

Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 8 pm

Sunday: 9 am- 6 pm

528 Trax Rd. Finleyville, PA 15332
(12 miles south of Pittsburgh on Route 88)
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Phone  412.835.3246


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