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Indian corn can you eat it?
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Bob    Posted 10-02-2002 at 20:00:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I want an old breed of corn to grow that I can eat when its young and feed to my cows and horses when it gets old. I bought some decorative corn at the farmers market ears are like a foot long and health looking

LH    Posted 10-02-2002 at 20:03:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sure you can eat it but I'm not sure what the flavor will be like. Probably more akin to the taste of field corn instead of sweet corn.

Craig H    Posted 10-02-2002 at 21:27:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Please pardon my ignorance, but I have an almost backyard full of sweet corn plants, unless the chickens get into it, but here's the thing. Could someone please tell me the difference between sweet corn and field corn. I've never heard of Indian Corn before either. I mix sweetcorn with bran which makes an excellent wet mash for my baby chickens.

ol Henry    Posted 10-03-2002 at 06:12:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Craig, Indian corn is also known as ornamental corn, it has diffirent colors in each ear,red, blue, yellow etc. it is pretty to hang up in the fall just to look at and it can be eaten the same as any other corn.
sweet corn has more natural sugar and some folks prefer it for roastin ears, that is what is usually found in home gardens.
field corn is a hybred that is used to get large yields but it can be used for roastin ears also.
Every one has their own ideas about which one is the best, as for me.. I like to grow popcorn!
hope this helps.

hay    Posted 10-03-2002 at 03:10:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
sweet corn has been selectivly bred to be much sweeter than field corn. however, field corn can be made sweeter by adding a little sugar when cooking it. indian corn can be eaten, but it is just not as sweet or tender as hybrid corn. indian corn is also good for adding to cornbread mix. makes an interesting addition to cornbread dressing and corn soups and corn cakes. it's just not popular anymore with all the other hybrids on the market. i like the different colors and texture it adds. "flint corn" is supposed to be the best for grinding cornmeal.

Rootietoot    Posted 10-03-2002 at 05:45:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Indian corn also makes fabulous grits or polenta. It's nothing special as far as boiling and eating it, but for dried and ground purposes it's tasty.

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