Week of August 7, 2018
Nothing says summer like sweet corn on the BBQ. But how is the best way to tell when your sweet corn might be ready to harvest? To pick at the peak of sweetness and flavor, harvest early in the morning when the sugar content is at its highest. There are a couple of signals that your corn is ready to pick. First is the look and feel of the silks– silks should have turned brown and are dry to the touch. If your stalk has produced more than one ear, it is usually the top ear that ripens first. The ear will feel full and it will lean away from the stalk. You can peel back the husk on one ear to check the kernel size. Corn is best eaten right after picking, but if you are not going to eat it right away, leave the husks on. This will help keep the corn nice and moist until you are ready to eat.