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Varieties of Sweet Corn Seed

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Out of all the varieties of corn, sweet corn is one of the most loved for its juicy texture and sweet flavors due to the high sugar content. It ranges from yellow to golden and is most often eaten freshly off the cob, raw or grilled, or is canned and preserved.

Sweet corn is commonly grown in home gardens. Understand the different characteristics of the sweet corn seeds, to ensure that the one you pick will flourish in your region, climate and soil condition.

Silver Queen

The most well-known variety in sweet corn, this was one of the first corn varieties to be promoted by variety name in the 1960s. This corn has a high production yield, with sweet milky white kernels on a large cob about 9 inches long. The kernels are considered so tender that it is regularly eaten raw. The reason the kernels are so tender is because the flesh is very thin. The seeds flourish in full sun with well-draining soil.

Golden Bantam

Early Golden Bantam corn was first heard of in Massachusetts, when a neighbor found jars of the sweet yellow corn at a deceased neighbors house and decided it was some of the best corn in the country. By 1902 it was featured in catalogs for gardeners, and for the first time people realized that yellow corn was not just for animal feed.

Golden Bantam is a yellow variety with tender kernels, a long cob and very sweet flavor. It is valued for its fast maturing time (around 65 days) so it is ideal for home gardens. This variety is very easy to grow as it is an open-pollinated corn. It also freezes well.

Early Sunglow

Early Sunglow is a high-quality hybrid variety, and research reports have rated this as one of the best types of sweet corn. With light yellow kernels and a shorter cob around 7 inches long, it matures within 63 days. It is an ideal variety for canning, as the kernels have thicker flesh that last long. It is most commonly grown by home gardeners in Georgia, Indiana, Virginia, Oregon and Washington.

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