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Old 07-07-2014, 04:09 PM   #31
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But I want my corn to taste like corn, not sugar. I miss the taste of fresh corn as it was purchased in the 60's and 70's.

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I agree. The only corn on the cob we get here is super sweet bi-colour corn. I have just quit buying it. We do buy frozen, all yellow corn, but not on the cob.
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:12 PM   #32
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But I want my corn to taste like corn, not sugar. I miss the taste of fresh corn as it was purchased in the 60's and 70's.

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I'm guessing a cob of corn can be both sweet and taste like corn.
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:11 PM   #33
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'Tis true Andy. If memory serves me right though, the corn of yesteryear had a more complex flavor. You know the aroma of popcorn, mroe of that flavor was in the corn. Now, it still tastes like corn, but I taste more sugar than corn flavor. DW has a huge sweet tooth, and so likes it better. I like the combination of sweet and savory. I also really enjoy hominy.

It could be though, that since I'm working from old memory, the romantic notion of yesteryear plays in, and maybe the corn wasn't as good as I think it was. But then again, maybe I do like it better. If I could get both varieties, I'd certainly make a fresh taste comparison. I do absolutely know that we got fruit in our markets that were completely ripe, sweet, so juicy, and far, far better than what's available in our supermarkets today. Also, tomatoes and veggies were purchased locally, as was cheese, dairy, and meat products, including sausages of many kinds. The food really was better back when I was a child. The phrase - farm to table, was very close to a reality for everyone around my part of the country. We may not have had the variety that we have now, but what we did have was better quality.

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Old 07-07-2014, 05:23 PM   #34
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'Tis true Andy. If memory serves me right though, the corn of yesteryear had a more complex flavor. You know the aroma of popcorn, mroe of that flavor was in the corn. Now, it still tastes like corn, but I taste more sugar than corn flavor. DW has a huge sweet tooth, and so likes it better. I like the combination of sweet and savory. I also really enjoy hominy.

It could be though, that since I'm working from old memory, the romantic notion of yesteryear plays in, and maybe the corn wasn't as good as I think it was. But then again, maybe I do like it better. If I could get both varieties, I'd certainly make a fresh taste comparison. I do absolutely know that we got fruit in our markets that were completely ripe, sweet, so juicy, and far, far better than what's available in our supermarkets today. Also, tomatoes and veggies were purchased locally, as was cheese, dairy, and meat products, including sausages of many kinds. The food really was better back when I was a child. The phrase - farm to table, was very close to a reality for everyone around my part of the country. We may not have had the variety that we have now, but what we did have was better quality.

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I agree with this. Food didn't travel as far when we were younger. I grew up near the Kuner's canning plant, meats came from the butcher, often from ranches I had been to or driven by, wheat from fields that my uncles and grandfather had plowed. Dairy from the local...well dairy from farms I had worked on in the summer. Odds are, 40 years ago and less I was eating food I had or my family had a hand in the production. That ended with my generation.
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Old 07-08-2014, 03:59 AM   #35
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There are newer varieties that stay sweet much longer, since most people aren't in a position to grow their own.
I believe that has to do with shipping. The same way that grocery store tomatoes are varieties that can tolerate being shipped. People make choices. Most people chose not to grow their own food. Even a small lot can be used for a garden. In Little Italy in Ottawa, it is not uncommon to see the entire space in front of an apartment building used for tomatoes, beans, etc. instead of a lawn. There is square-foot gardening:

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Corn may not be a crop one can grow easily without space, each stalk typically only produces one ear, although some will produce two, it does require garden space and because it is air pollinated, you have to plant it in squares to get pollenation. Then there are raccoons that will find it, as well as deer and other critters, but one can plant other "crops" instead of ornamental annuals.

My choice is to have a garden. It is a LOT of work, but well worth it. I also opt to plant edible plants (annuals) in my perennial flower beds--not all are edible, but many are--pansies, okra, herbs, egg plant, peppers, onions, garlic mixed in with the perennials.
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:48 AM   #36
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There is something about European immigrants that makes them want to plant. Maybe it comes from years of crop failures in their homeland. We see front yards here also with food growing instead of grass or flowers. In the back yards if they are small, you will see the five gallon buckets with plants growing in them. Mostly climbing plants like cukes, tomatoes, etc. Four poles in each bucket. Every inch of available ground is used to grow food. And if there isn't any, they make their own.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:39 AM   #37
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I believe that has to do with shipping. The same way that grocery store tomatoes are varieties that can tolerate being shipped. People make choices. Most people chose not to grow their own food. Even a small lot can be used for a garden. In Little Italy in Ottawa, it is not uncommon to see the entire space in front of an apartment building used for tomatoes, beans, etc. instead of a lawn. There is square-foot gardening:

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Corn may not be a crop one can grow easily without space, each stalk typically only produces one ear, although some will produce two, it does require garden space and because it is air pollinated, you have to plant it in squares to get pollenation. Then there are raccoons that will find it, as well as deer and other critters, but one can plant other "crops" instead of ornamental annuals.

My choice is to have a garden. It is a LOT of work, but well worth it. I also opt to plant edible plants (annuals) in my perennial flower beds--not all are edible, but many are--pansies, okra, herbs, egg plant, peppers, onions, garlic mixed in with the perennials.
No one is criticizing your choice to grow practically everything you eat. I just wanted to let you know that modern corn doesn't get starchy quickly like it used to.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:16 AM   #38
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No one is criticizing your choice to grow practically everything you eat. I just wanted to let you know that modern corn doesn't get starchy quickly like it used to.
That would be a matter of opinion. Since the corn I eat is as fresh as one can get, picked at the optimum time of day, and consumed immediately, I respectfully beg to differ. I find that the corn I am served at friends' or my parents' houses is starchy. And those are modern corn. BTW, we plant modern corn varieties and I won't eat corn that has been held for a day. That's chicken feed. It gets tough and starchy, IMO.
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... find that the corn I am served at friends' or my parents' houses is starchy. And those are modern corn. BTW, we plant modern corn varieties and I won't eat corn that has been held for a day. That's chicken feed. It gets tough and starchy, IMO.

I think you've answered your own argument. When corn is picked the sugar in the ear begins turning to starch. Starchy corn is a function of how long it's been since it was picked.
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BTW, we plant modern corn varieties and I won't eat corn that has been held for a day. That's chicken feed.
Not sure if you realize it, but this attitude is pretty condescending. Thanks so much for calling what most of us have access to chicken feed.
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