Sweet Corn

Grow your own sweet corn this summer!

By Gretchen Roberts


6 Fresh Ideas for Corn Everyone knows sweet corn tastes best cooked right from the garden and slathered with butter. But if you're blessed with an abundant harvest, try some of these fresh ways of enjoying corn.

Zap it. To remove the silks as easily as peeling a banana, husk just the outer leaves and trim the silk tips. Wrap the corn in a damp paper towel, microwave for a minute or to taste, and then shuck the corn. The silks should slide right off.
Spice it up. Cut cooked corn off the cob and toss it with chopped chile peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, and garlic for a fresh salsa.
Grill it. Trim off the top silks and grill the corn, still in its husks, over medium-high heat for 15 minutes, turning frequently. Use hot pads when peeling the husks, and serve the corn with sour cream sprinkled with cayenne pepper, which you can spread like butter on the cob.
Sauce it. Puree cooked corn with avocado and seasonings for a nutritious, pretty green-gold pasta sauce.
Soup it up. Simmer a sweet corn chowder and top with crème fraîche. Sweeten the pot. Make a sweet corn custard by cooking pureed sweet corn with milk, sugar, and eggs.

The Cream of the Crop

Early: 'Fleet', 'Sugar Buns', 'Trinity

Midseason: 'Bodacious', 'Luscious', 'Tuxedo'

Late: 'Country Gentleman', 'How Sweet It Is', 'Silver Queen'


1. High Mowing Seeds,Wolcott, VT; 802-472-6174, highmowingseeds.com
2. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Mansfield, MO; 417-924-8917, rareseeds.com
3. Fedco Seeds, Waterville, ME; 207-873-7333, fedcoseeds.com
4. Johnny's Selected Seeds, Winslow, ME; 800-879-2258, johnnyseeds.com
5. Park's Gardens, Greenwood, SC; 800-213-0076, parkseed.com