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The Everything Corn Guide: All You Need to Know About Growing, Harvesting, Cooking, and Eating the All-American Crop

Please check out the brief video above, to learn what this premium gardening guide is all about—the video will give you a glimpse into all the content in this gardening guide, including history and background, planting tips, specific plant profiles, recipes, nutrition and health information, and resources to help you be the best food gardener you can be.

If you’ve ever sunk your teeth into sweet, buttery corn on the cob fresh from a local farm stand, you may have thought about growing your own. Imagine how good corn would taste when the trip from picking to cooking and eating is…  READ MORE right arrow
Norann Oleson, Editorial Director of Food Gardening Network
In the Disney movie “Pocahontas,” John Smith tells a Native American that he’s looking for gold. He describes it as “yellow, comes out of the ground, very valuable.” She instantly understands—handing him a husk of corn. That’s not what he means of course, but corn was really…  READ MORE right arrow
Corn growing on stalk


Dent Corn
Corn comes in six types: dent, sweet, flint, pop, flour, and waxy. Then there’s heirloom corn, which isn’t technically a type, but is worthy of mention.  READ MORE right arrow
Inflorescence of corn plant.
In theory, corn plants can pollinate themselves—but you’ll be far more successful if you give them some help. Corn plants have both male and female parts. Because corn is a grass, its flowers—the male part—grow in the form of tassels. This part blooms at the top of the stalk. As the tassel ripens, it sends the pollen down to the fronds, where the female parts are located. Their flowers are the silks. Each strand of silk is attached to a kernel of corn.  READ MORE right arrow
Corn has something in common with bananas—and it’s not just the yellow color. Both plants are classified as monocots, because their embryos have only a single leaf or cotyledon in their seed. Other monocot plants include lilies and palm trees.  READ MORE right arrow

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