Week of July 16, 2020
There is nothing better than homegrown sweet corn freshly picked. But sometimes it is tricky to know when it is ripe and at its peak of sweetness. Look for when your corn silks start to appear. Usually corn will be ready to pick about 20 days later. To pick at the peak of sweetness and flavor, harvest early in the morning when the sugar content is at its highest. Test to see if your corn is at the “milk stage” by puncturing a kernel and if the liquid is clear wait a little longer, if there is no liquid the ear is past its prime. Also look at the silks, they should have turned brown at the top with a little green near the kernels. 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.