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Sweetcorn

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Zea mays convar. saccharata var. rugosa

CLASSIFICATION

Vegetable

SEASON

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

About

Sweetcorn is an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin B and it is one of the sweeter vegetables that are available.

Sweetcorn can have white, yellow and bi-colour corn kernels and as a crop was one of the first types of domesticated horticulture.

Corn is grown in Manjimup from Jan – May, Carnarvon from May to Nov, around Perth Nov – March and in Broome from June to Nov.

Select sweetcorn that has a bright green husk. If the corn is already trimmed, make sure there are no sunken corn kernels.

Remove the husk just prior to use. Store in plastic wrap or bag in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.

The outside of the corn is called the husk and the stringy bits on the inside are called the silk. Leave these on as long as possible, and when ready to prepare, peel back the husk and remove the silk.

You can either wrap in foil now as is and throw on the BBQ or trim into smaller cobs and microwave, steam or boil. They don’t take long at all, no more than a couple of minutes, as soon as they’re hot, they’re ready.

Many retailers sell sweetcorn that is already trimmed and ready to use.

Sweet Corn is high in carotene, vitamin A and vitamin B and packed full of anti-oxidants.