Corn, It's All Corn

| 4/20/2015 3:36:00 PM

Tags: Corn, Frog, Seed, Food, Garden, Farm, Jerry,

JerryA couple of weeks ago I planted several rows of corn at my parents’ house. I wanted to try growing my own popcorn this year and didn’t have a large enough area for both popcorn and the field corn I usually plant, but my motivation was a little deeper than that. My parents like corn, my grandparents liked corn, and I’m sure my great-grandparents did also. I planted corn at my parents’ because I was sure it would make my parents happy (it did), and to honor the generations of my family before me. BTW, I really like corn, and I like korn, cornbread, hominy, cream style corn, corn on the cob, etc. … You get the picture.

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So, back to the corn, the seeds I planted are a variety of “Indian corn” that I won in a drawing nearly 40 years ago. It was somewhat of a white elephant, so having no better ideas of what to do with this treasure, I shelled the corn, bagged it and froze it. The corn lived in the freezer for several years; after all I was only about 10 years old at the time. Eventually I grew up (some would argue that point) and started planting my own garden. As one might imagine, one of the first things I planted was corn! Forty-year-old corn! When I stuck those seeds in the ground I was hoping that at least a few would come up so that I could pamper them, save the seeds and continue this line of corn. To my surprise, almost all the seeds sprouted.


foreststalksForty-year-old corn sprouting and growing green and tall is a wondrous thing. Admittedly, field corn does not make for the sweetest corn on the cob and it can be a little starchy if allowed to get too mature. But I continue to plant these amazing little kernels every year and every year they come up, creating a beautiful corn forest. In a way I feel obligated to plant these little nuggets each year to honor the generations of selection that have taken place to create a plant that will grow from 40-year-old seeds.