Country Gentleman Shoepeg Corn

80-100 days. This wonderfully old-fashioned, heirloom Corn from the 1890s is unique in that its small but long, creamy white kernels are produced in a random pattern rather than rows. Not ultra-sweet like a modern Sweet Corn, Country Gentleman has a classic Corn flavor that's delicious with salt and butter. Expect two ears per tall stalk. (OP.)

Special thanks to Angela Minno of the lovely blog Toadstools and Fairy Rings for the use of her wonderful photo.

One packet of about 300 seeds
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Summer's freshly picked Corn is to us as Madeleines were to Proust: the taste and smell that reminds us of joyful childhood summers. Direct-sow after the danger of spring frost has passed. Corn is pollinated by the wind, so plant it in blocks or circles. Harvest the ears when the silks are brown and a kernel, pinched with your fingernail, releases its sweet, milky liquid. The luscious essence-of-Corn flavor is always best right after picking. Yet Corn freezes amazingly well: pick it, parboil for 4 minutes, dunk it in an ice water bath and cut the tender kernels off the cobs, making sure to catch all of the sweet corn milk. Freeze it in airtight freezer bags. Over the winter, you'll love Crabby Corn Chowder, Creamy Corn and Fennel, Dad's Favorite Corn Pudding, Lobster Corn Salad, Pan-Seared Scallops Atop Avocado-Corn Salad and Savory Bacon Corn Chowder. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 3 years.
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