Scientific Name: Zea mays L, from the Gramineae family
Also known as:
Young corn, mini corn, Chinese corn, cornlettes, or candle corn.
Baby corn requires warm growing conditions, deep, well-drained, fertile soil and consistent, plentiful moisture. The great diversity in climates in Rugby Farm’s growing areas, ensure baby corn can be produced 12 months of the year.
Baby corn contains folate, vitamins B and C and is high in dietary fibre.
Baby corn was originally harvested from the immature ears of sweet corn just after the silks appeared, but now there are varieties that only produce baby corn. Baby corn originated from maize corn which many historians believe to have originated in the Tehuacan Valley of Mexico. The original wild form has long been extinct, but it was believed that corn was discovered by Columbus in Cuba in 1492. Being an American native it was exported to Europe where it took time to be recognized as an important food source. Corn hit China in 1575 and was from these varieties that baby corn or Chinese corn as it is also referred to was developed.
How to Store:
Keep baby corn in a plastic bag in the crisper of the refrigerator until you are ready to use.
How to Use:
For hints, tips and ideas on how to best enjoy Baby Corn, visit www.taste.com.au