Sweet Corn

22 Aug

Description

Sweet corn is a delicious vegetable grown right here in Illinois!  Nothing says late summer/fall like biting into a fresh ear of sweet corn.  You will see yellow corn, white corn, and bi-color corn!

Fun fact: the average ear of corn has 800 kernels, arranged in 16 rows. There is one piece of silk for each kernel.

Nutrition

  • Corn is low fat
  • Corn is saturated fat free, sodium free, and cholesterol free
  • Corn is a good source of vitamin C

Selection

Choose ears with green husks, fresh silks and tight rows of kernels

Preparation

Peel away the husks, remove silk, boil about 5 minutes, and enjoy!  Or leave the husks on and grill them!

Ways to Enjoy

  • Add corn to your soup
  • Add corn kernels and diced tomatoes to guacamole or salsa
  • Try this corn relish recipe

Corn, chopped red onion, chopped red and green peppers, pinto beans and tomatoes

  • Sauté cooked corn in a small amount of olive oil with green chilies and onions
  • Check out this video for a great way to prepare corn for kids:

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/video/VideoCenter.php?Auto=1&start=0&Video=1&SuperSubID=1

Storage

Refrigerate corn with husks on for use as soon as possible or within 1-2 days.

Recipes

Grilled Corn on the Cob

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/grilled-corn-on-the-cob/detail.aspx

Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/oven-roasted-corn-on-the-cob-recipe/index.html

                                                                                    (image source: tasteofhome.com)

(image source: foodnetwork.com)

Sources

Produce for Better Health Foundation (2011). Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Database. Retrieved from http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org

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