5 Days of Veggies: Corn

Hope everyone enjoyed our 5 Days of Fruit series last week. We had so much fun doing it we decided to do a "5 Days of Veggies" series this week, and we're kicking it off with corn. Corn is a staple and many people eat it at least once a week, but there are probably some things you didn't know about it!

  • Selection: The husk should be green and not dried out; the kernels should be plump and touching each other in nice rows.

  • Storage: Try to purchase the day you plan to use it, if possible. Store it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator with the husk still on.

  • Cooking: There are quite a few easy ways to cook corn. Try:
    1. Boiling: You can boil corn on the stove with or without the husk. Add corn to boiling water and boil for 5-10 minutes, depending on how soft you like it.

    2. Broiling: Keep the husk on and soak it briefly first. Broil for 5-8 minutes, turning once.

    3. Grilling: Corn is also great on the grill. Soak in water while grill is heating. Pull the husk back (but don't remove), remove the corn silk, brush with butter or olive oil, re-cover with husk, place in aluminum foil. Cook on grill for 15-20 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil, shuck the corn (remove the husk), then place on grill for 2 minutes on each side to slightly char the corn. It's best to salt right before serving.

  • Fun Fact: Corn is the number one crop (in value and volume) in the US.

  • Fun Fact: There are an average of 800 kernels in 16 rows on each cob of corn.

Miss a post? Catch up for the week:
Monday: Corn (above)
Tuesday: Onions
Wednesday: Eggplant
Thursday: Avocado
Friday: Tomatoes

Like our 5 Days of Veggies series? Then check out our 5 Days of Fruit series too!

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