CORN RAINBOW GLASS REDUCED! A STAINED GLASS WINDOW OF COLOUR! KIDS LOVE IT! DECORATIVE! $3.00 $2.30

BEAUTIFUL RAINBOW GLASS CORN ! A WONDERFUL RANGE OF COLOURS FOR DECORATIONS AND DISPLAYS, FLOUR AND ANY RECIPE THAT CALLS FOR LONG COOKING LIKE STEWS, SOUPS, HOTPOTS, ETC. RARE VARIETY!

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Description
Glass Gem corn, a unique variety of rainbow-coloured corn, became an internet sensation in 2012 when a photo of the sparkling cob was posted to Facebook. The story behind Glass Gem Corn is just as remarkable. It begins with one man, Carl Barnes, who set out to explore his Native American roots.

Barnes, who died in 2016, was half-Cherokee. He began growing older corn varieties in his adult years (no one is exactly sure when this began) as a way to reconnect with his heritage.

In growing these older corn varieties, Barnes was able to isolate ancestral types that had been lost to Native American tribes when they were relocated to what is now Oklahoma in the 1800s. This led to an exchange of ancient corn seed with people he had met and made friends with all over the country.

At the same time, Barnes began selecting, saving, and replanting seeds from particularly colourful cobs. Over time, this resulted in rainbow-coloured corn.

A fellow farmer, Greg Schoen, met Barnes in 1994 at a native-plant gathering in Oklahoma. Barnes had his rainbow-coloured corn on display. Schoen was blown away. That following year, Barnes gave Schoen some of the rainbow seed. Schoen planted the first seeds that summer.

When the rainbow corn mixed with the traditional varieties it created new strains. Each year of successive planting, the corn displayed more vibrant colours and vivid patterns.

According to an account from Schoen, Barnes told him that the rainbow seed originally came from a crossing of Pawnee miniature popcorns with an Osage red flour corn and also another Osage corn called Greyhorse.

Glass corn can be seen through in some respects but is more like a pearl in its design. So has a shimmery outer. Glass or Rainbow Corn has now been grown in so many different colours from red, lilac, purple, blue etc. you will never know what you get until it grows, the cobs of corn can be anything from a single colour to one with hundreds of different colours all in the one cob.

The flavour of glass corn is not the same as sweetcorn as it has in developed from the Indian maize corn it has a more floury flavour. This lends itself to using for grinding but also for soups, stews, and any kind of cooking that needs a longer time in the pan. It is nice straight off the plant when it’s young too, it takes a few weeks longer than sweetcorn to finish.

Grow Notes
Corn prefers full sun, with moist, well-draining soil. Corn grows rapidly and is a heavy feeder so be sure to add lots of compost and well-rotted manure to the soil prior to sowing.

If planting more than 1 variety of corn, take steps to make sure they do not cross pollinate.

Corn cobs need to remain on the plant until the husks are completely dry to allow the corn to develop the coloured kernels. Once harvested remove the husks and air-dry cobs for 7-14 days prior to being popped or ground.

Sow
In Spring and early Summer, sow direct at 20mm depth and 15cm spacing in blocks of at least three rows with 20cm spacing (rather than a single long row) for good pollination.

Keep soil moist but never wet.

Germination
5-14 days at 16-35°C

Maturity
100 days.

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