Saturday, February 5, 2011
Corn baby corn!
I have to be honest here the reason why I planted this corn is because I wanted to grow a baby corn. My daughter Safiyyah loves baby corn so much and I thought why not grow something for her too. Being so ignorant about corn before I thought baby corn is one type of corn. Especially when you see this label here with the picture of a baby corn. You would be convinced that this the baby corn plant.
Anyway, after few month growing it I got a little curious about the baby corn because I wanted to find out how to harvest it. So after few readings I realized that baby corn is just the young corn of any type of corn. It is harvested early before it form into the true form of corn. For a matured corn, it is ready to be harvest when the silks of the corn turn brown. So yesterday before the great rain in Melbourne I harvested one matured corn and one baby corn. I just wanted to see how does both tasted like.
Since my daughter like baby corn so I asked her to peel the baby corn while I peeled the matured baby sweet. I had to teach my daughter if you want to eat you have to work for it. Nothing comes for free ;). Just kidding, though that is the reality of life but just wanted her to have fun in the garden. Else she will not appreciate the beauty of home gardening. That is what my mom thought me.
After few serious peeling she finally manage to get the baby cob. While I did peel the matured one and to my surprised it looks almost similar to the baby corn but bigger. I'm going to save this seed for sure. Surely I am going to plant another batch of corn tree but maybe this time would be a sweet corn. I will leave some to mature and some will be harvest as a baby corn. Hopefully I have enough time to grow another batch of corn before the autumn start.