Everything You Need to Know about Raw Corn

🌽 One of a Kind

Corn … is not a cereal, because cereals are grass seeds, and it is not a vegetable, nor it is a fruit. Corn is a cob full of its own seeds, a very special plant.

🌽 Raw Corn

Although it is traditionally consumed cooked or baked in various forms, corn can be eaten raw, but only when it is young and freshly picked. This is EXTREMELY important, because only when it is young and freshly picked, corn is edible in its raw state.

Unlike fruit, which first consists of starch, and then during the ripening process, that starch converts into simple sugars, in corn the process is reversed.

Ripe, young corn consists of simple sugars and thus it is then very tasty, juicy, sweet and relatively easy to digest.

However, the more hours pass by from picking corn, the more its simple sugars turn into starch that is only edible cooked.

🌽 How to Choose Young and Fresh Corn

In general, if when you press a corn kernel, there is corn milk coming out, it is an indication that the corn is young, fresh, tasty and relatively easy digestible.

🌽 Different Varieties and Flavours

There are several different varieties of corn seeds, and so different varieties of corn fruits that differ in taste. I encourage you to try corn from different producers and find your favourite variety.

Personally, it is very interesting that I LOVE one certain variety of corn, while others do not appeal to me at all. What’s more, I notice such a distinct taste difference between this one corn variety I am fond of and other corn varieties, that it’s hard for me to believe that it’s the same plant.

Yes, all varieties look similar, but the difference in taste is HUGE, and for the eye of a careful observer, the differences in grain size and shape are clearly noticeable.

That one variety that I personally like has oval, somewhat oblong, kernel and is darker yellow in colour, while most other varieties have more round grains. Some of these other varieties are lighter yellow and others darker yellow. But in general, that light yellow colour, and even white, is usually a sign of underdeveloped grains, which only means that the corn has been harvested prematurely 🀯

🌽 How to Store Corn

In order to preserve the freshness of corn as much as possible, it is best to wrap the corn in a paper towel and keep it in the refrigerator, in a vegetable drawer.

But certainly, it is best to be consumed within just a few hours of picking, up to a maximum of 2 days.

🌽 Frozen = Blanched

Purchased frozen corn is ALWAYS blanched. By law, it is mandatory to blanch vegetables, peas and corn, which are prepared as frozen produce. On the other hand, frozen fruit is NOT blanched.

In the corn season, you can separate the corn kernels from the cob and freeze them yourself.

🌽 Meal plans in the Health Glows Online Program that contain recipes with corn

I sincerely hope that you enjoyed and benefited from this QA section and that you will enjoy the flavours of this special plant

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