Glass gem corn

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36 Responses to “Glass gem corn”

  1. MikeKStar says:

    Corm?

  2. chef oxygen says:

    There is a difference between selling something this August 2012 and “For Sale August 2011″ which did not occur.

  3. Thorzdad says:

    I keep looking at it and still can’t believe it’s actually corn. I keep thinking it’s a piece of glass art. Nature’s amazing. Simply beautiful.

  4. blueelm says:

    Too pretty for corn. I want to wear it.

    • Rich Keller says:

      Yeah, I’ve been looking at a lot of Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts jewelry images over the last couple of days and I thought that this was a detail from a brooch from around 1900.

    • Jorpho says:

       Well, indeed, we know nothing in particular about how easy it is to grow, how difficult it is to cook, what it actually tastes like, and so on, even if it does look pretty.

      There do seem to be people who mourn the depressing, universal homogeneity of Peaches & Cream as opposed to the wider variety that once was available, though, so perhaps this is a welcome development.

  5. Andrea Dixon says:

    I’m feeling kind of skeptical! It looks like glass beads to me. Very pretty though!

  6. cjporkchop says:

    Gorgeous, but how does it taste?

  7. Phil Fot says:

    That is some awesome looking corn. Where I grew up, the local farmer’s always had a patch of Indian-style corn/maize growing to sell during the autumn.

    I used to think that was the prettiest sort of corn I’d seen. This glass gem strain is freaking awesome. I, too, think it looks like some pricey art glass piece. I’d love to see it in person. Alas, both my thumbs are black. The only kind of plant I can handle is my lawn and even that’s in bad shape.

  8. Many types of bicolor and multicolor corn make better corn-meal than fresh-eating, but you never know! It is really beautiful, if only for ornamental uses.

  9. Rich Keller says:

    It’s really susceptible to infestations of this, however:
    http://boingboing.net/2012/05/08/see-through-jewel-caterpillar.html

  10. What happens when you make popcorn from it ?

    • eldritch says:

      Same thing as normal, I would guess.

      The kernel pops, the interior fluffs up nice and white, and the exterior is kinda buried under it. You’d not really be able to see it well. Also, popping corn is specifically bred to have appropriate popping attributes, so there’s a rather good chance this stuff can’t pop.

    • D Wyatt says:

      You taste the rainbow of course.

  11. I would like to share that this seed variety is now being preserved at Native Seeds/SEARCH nativeseeds.org . Currently there are only a few packets for sale on-line. More to come next year. Help support this organization so that we can keep rare heritage varieties alive! http://nativeseeds.org/index.php/store/1049/2/seeds/tucson-seed/corn/ts363/P-glass-gem

  12. Keith Tyler says:

    I can’t decide if this is more or less awesome than what I thought it was at first (an ear of corn made of glass gems). It’s still pretty awesome.

  13. Cerebus916 says:

    Look at this corn.  Just look at it.

  14. LogrusZed says:

    It is incredibly beautiful, but how does it taste? Is this a good boiling/steaming/roasting and buttering corn or is it just a decorating corn?

  15. keplers says:

    almost too beautiful to eat… wow. 

  16. And there’s so many more a-MAIZE-ing (sorry) heirloom corn varieties too! See here: http://milkwood.net/2012/05/12/glass-gem-corn-and-other-heirloom-jewels-of-the-corn-cabinet/

  17. OoerictoO says:

    cue Monsanto lawyers in 3… 2…

  18. Jenn Chlebus says:

    Ummm… did “old Injun Carl” say this was okay to do?  The paragraph says he wanted Greg to keep his seeds, not sprout or grow or sell or disseminate them. I’d love to grow some beautiful corn, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t want it going all Cujo on me.  Half a loaf with a blessing is better than the whole loaf with a curse.

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