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Eating The Best Of What's Fresh - Corn

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By Cheryl S. Grant
Eating The Best Of What's Fresh - Corn

Who doesn't love corn? It is versatile, sweet and tastes like sunshine. Whether you choose to grill it, boil it or sauté it, the result is the same: delicious. This much loved veggie widely known by the name maize was a gift from the Native American population who introduced it to early European settlers in North America. We use its husks for tamales, its silk for tea and, of course, its kernels are enjoyed cooked on the cob or as popcorn.

 

 

For a late summer barbecue, corn is the perfect accompaniment to just about anything that you choose to serve. You can either strip it of its husk and place it directly on the grill, or steam it within the husk for a sweet and tender treat. Either way, try it sprinkled with a little cayenne pepper for a satisfying balance of sweet and spicy flavors. 

The peak season for corn is mid-summer through early fall. The two most well known varieties today are white (Country Gentleman) and yellow (Golden Bantam). Yellow tends to have larger kernels, and white kernels are sweeter and smaller.

While versatile, it is also delicate and best enjoyed immediately. It should be consumed within a day of purchase or be refrigerated. When choosing your perfect cob, make sure that the ears are bright green and fit tightly inside the husk and silk. The kernels should look plump, not flat, and reach to the top and bottom of the stalk.

 

  

 

No need to bid corn a fond farewell as the days start to get shorter. You can easily pop open a can or grab the frozen stuff and treat yourself to a bowl of rich, bubbling corn chowder soup. Almost makes you wish for snow, doesn't it? Corn is also used to create other products, like flour for baking and syrup for sweetening, and it plays a role in liquor production for bourbon and other spirits. Keep it in the corn family, and usher in the chilly months by pairing that chowder with a hot toddy.

Whether fresh, canned or frozen, corn is just about the perfect veggie for every occasion.

Cheryl S. Grant has reported, written, and researched stories for publications such as Glamour, Details, HGTV, Latina, Vanity Fair, Vogue, W, Details, InStyle,Family Circle, USA Today, Fit Nation, and MSN. She has covered numerous subjects, including tech, pop culture, gift guides, entertainment, family, psychology, fitness, nutrition, food, beauty, fashion and how to live a green life. cherylsgrant.com

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