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- Fresh baby corn has a
crisp texture and a subtle, slightly sweet corn flavor.
- Although almost all
the baby corn found in the United States is pickled or
canned and imported from Asia, fresh baby corn is easy to grow in
the Pacific Northwest.
- Baby corn is no longer
a delicacy or specialty food
reserved for salad bars and Asian restaurants; it is a locally
treat to eat raw or cooked in many recipes.
- Baby cornís miniature
size makes consumers think that it grows from dwarf corn plants, but
the tiny ears of baby corn are simply immature ears from
regular-sized corn plants.
- Specialty varieties are available for
production, but baby corn can also be harvested from many common
- The purpose of this publication is to
describe how to select a variety and grow baby corn.
- There are two different methods for
producing baby corn. In the first method, baby corn is the
primary crop, and a variety is selected and planted to produce only
baby corn. In the second method, baby corn is the secondary crop in
a planting of sweet corn or field corn, and the variety
is selected to produce either sweet corn or field corn.
- The decision whether to grow baby corn
either as a primary crop or as a secondary crop will
influence variety choice, planting density, and fertilizer rates.
- Baby corn ears are hand-picked as soon
as the corn silks emerge from the ear tips, or a few days after.
Corn generally matures very quickly, so the harvest of baby corn
must be timed carefully to avoid ending up with more mature corn
ears. Baby corn ears are typically 4.5 cm to 10 cm (1.75 inches - 4
inches) in length and 7 mm to 17 mm (1/4 inch - 2/3 inch) in
- Baby corn adds a special, gourmet
touch to many dishes and salads. Its miniature size is
appealing, as is the taste, color and crunch.
- When ready to prepare, remove the husk
wash baby corn before cooking. Most people like to steam baby corn
for 5 minutes or until tender before using in other dishes.
- Baby corn can also be eaten raw; the entire tiny ear of corn is
edible, cob and all. Here are some easy ways to start using baby
- Serve raw with other vegetables
low-fat dip. Toss cooked baby corn into your sfavorite pasta salad or tossed salad. Include baby corn in any
stir-fry dish. Add baby corn to spaghetti sauce, a rice and bean
dish, or casserole. Serve steamed baby corn as a side dish
topped with a bit of olive oil or butter and a dash of salt. Include
raw baby corn in vegetable soups or stews, adding near the end of
cooking time. Marinate baby corn to serve as a
vegetable side dish or add to pasta .
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