EDITOR’S NOTE (February 8, 2020): Added new photos and interesting facts about corn. Recipe video posted on my Facebook fan page.
Corn on the cob is plump, juicy and buttery. Each bite is full of delicious flavor. Quick and easy to make.
Pairs well with a variety of main dishes.
Corn is available all year in most grocery stores.
Corn is a native Taino word meaning “sacred mother or giver of life.”
The cob (ear) is part of the flower and the individual kernel is a seed.Corn is a cereal plant which yields large grains set in rows on a cob.It is one of the most popular cereal grains in the world… and America’s number one field crop.Corn is the number one crop in value and volume of production.
What’s the difference between sweet corn and field corn?According to iowacorn.org,
- Iowa ranks number one in producing corn.
- Only one percent of corn planted in the United States is sweet corn and 99 percent of field corn is grown in Iowa.
- Field corn (a grain) is the classic big ears of yellow dented corn that’s dried and harvested in the fall. Also known as dent corn because of the distinctive dent that forms on the kernel as the corn dries.
- A small portion o field corn is processed for use as corn cereal, corn starch, corn oil and corn syrup for human consumption. However, it’s mainly used for livestock feed, ethanol production and manufactured goods.Sweet corn (a vegetable) is picked when immature. It’s available for purchase fresh, frozen or canned.Field corn is harvested when the kernels are dry and fully mature.
Should fresh ears of corn should be washed before boiling?WaYes. Fresh corn is harvested from the earth where large and microscopic insects (invisible to the natural eye) live.To get rid of bugs and all silk, I always wash ears of corn (and all fresh vegetables) in warm water and LOTS of salt. After washing, I rinse in warm water to remove debris and ALL insects.There are courageous individuals who will remove the silk and bite into the corn and love every bite. I’m not one of them.
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In this recipe, corn on the cob is boiled in salted water, a cup of milk, and a stick of unsalted butter. This is far better than boiling in salted water only.