Sweet corn is a fast growing summer crop that is native to the Americas and is full of nutrients. Sweet corn is cholesterol free, a good source of vitamin C and A, Potassium, Thiamine and Fiber; plus it’s high in antioxidants. Did you realize that Arizona is a BIG player when it comes to growing corn?
According to the Arizona Farm Bureau, central Arizona’s sweet corn season runs late May to Mid-July. Then the harvesting moves north and south. Specifically, northern and southern Arizona’s season runs mid-July to as late as September. Depending on the sweet corn variety, sweet corn can be ready for harvest in 65 to 90 days.
Fun Facts About Sweet Corn
- Sweet corn is the third most important crop in the world.
- There is one piece of silk for each kernel of corn.
- The average ear of corn has 500 to 1000 kernels, arranged in an even number of rows, typically 16. A corn stalk can grow 7 to 10 feet tall over its lifetime.
- Corn is native to the Americas.
- Corn is cholesterol free.
- It’s a good source of vitamin C and A, potassium, thiamine and fiber, and it’s very high in antioxidants. Corn on the cob and cut corn is a 100% whole grain.
- Corn is high in natural sugars/starches, as well as amino acids, and when combined with beans or other legumes, it can provide a balanced protein.
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Crawfish Corn Maquechow
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We Are Sweet on Arizona Sweet Corn
PODCAST | BROADCAST DATE: AUGUST 4TH, 2018 | RADIO ARCHIVE PAGE
Take a listen to Charlotte from Mortimer Farms in Dewey, AZ talking Farm Fresh Corn with Julie from The Arizona Farm Bureau. They explain how corn is grown on the farm, when it’s ready to harvest and the function of the stalk and silk husks. Plus there is discussion about the other things grown on the ‘u pick em’ farm.