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Georgia Department of Agriculture

Georgia Grown Sweet Corn

Sweet corn is a delicious part of summer's harvest and has been for centuries. Whether eaten right off the cob or used in many wonderful dishes, corn's crunch and sweet taste make it one of America's all-time favorite vegetables.  Whether enjoyed "on the cob" or cream style, corn is low in fat, very low in sodium, cholesterol free and a good source of vitamin C.
 
Sweet corn is a warm-weather crop, well suited for Georgia┬┤s climate. Corn is grown in every county in Georgia, making it the most widely grown crop in the state. Georgia corn is available all summer long, from May through mid-September.

Buyers Guide to Corn

  • Select corn with bright green, snug husks.
  • Kernels should be fresh, tender, plump and just firm enough to offer slight resistance to pressure.
  • To store: cut away the base of the ear to the bottom kernels.
  • Ears of corn will keep for several days in the refrigerator; if wrapped tightly in plastic film or stored in air-tight containers.


Best Ways to Enjoy Corn

  • Corn-on-the-cob, whether boiled, steamed, grilled or roasted, is a favorite part of many American diets, especially during the summer months.
  • Sweet corn can be used fresh, canned or frozen.
  • Succotash, an American Indian dish made from corn kernels, is a popular side dish in many parts of the country.
  • To satisfy a sweet-tooth, corn makes delicious custards and puddings.
  • Creamed corn also is a popular side dish to complement a wide variety of meals.
  • For a hearty, yet light meal try corn soup or corn chowder.
  • Corn souffle is a perfect dish to serve at a dinner party, formal dinner, or at home.
  • Corn meal and hominy are forms of ground corn that can be used in many different ways.

Fun Facts about Corn

  • Corn was a staple in the diets of the    ancient Incan, Mayan and Aztec civilizations.
  • The earliest written record of corn dates back to eighth-century Guatemala.
  • In America, the pilgrims befriended a native, named Squanto, to teach them to grow corn.
  • The type of sweet corn Americans enjoy today was first cultivated around 1850.
  • For Native American┬┤s, corn had religious significance in its origins attributed to one or more gods. They also used corn as  currency and cornhusks for cigars.
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