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    Field corn vs. sweet corn

    Ok, my understanding is that almost all "sweet" corn sold by grocery stores and street corner farmers is actually field corn. My friend (grew up on a farm) told me only a verrrry small percentage of all corn produced is actually sweet corn.

    Is there any way to visibly tell the difference? My buddy said real sweet corn kernels should look kinda rough and shriveled.



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    Re: Field corn vs. sweet corn

    big difference, field corn is not very good at all, whitish color and no taste.



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    Re: Field corn vs. sweet corn

    Quote Originally Posted by maizenblue View Post
    Ok, my understanding is that almost all "sweet" corn sold by grocery stores and street corner farmers is actually field corn. My friend (grew up on a farm) told me only a verrrry small percentage of all corn produced is actually sweet corn.

    Is there any way to visibly tell the difference? My buddy said real sweet corn kernels should look kinda rough and shriveled.

    Your buddy is pullin your leg



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    Re: Field corn vs. sweet corn

    Quote Originally Posted by maizenblue View Post
    Ok, my understanding is that almost all "sweet" corn sold by grocery stores and street corner farmers is actually field corn. My friend (grew up on a farm) told me only a verrrry small percentage of all corn produced is actually sweet corn.

    Is there any way to visibly tell the difference? My buddy said real sweet corn kernels should look kinda rough and shriveled.
    Sweet corn is a variety that has more sugar content. You can eat field corn at the milk stage and it isn't that bad. But, most sweet corn today is the mix of white and yellow kernels, that is not a variety of field corn.



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    Re: Field corn vs. sweet corn

    Your friend is full of ****



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    Re: Field corn vs. sweet corn

    Quote Originally Posted by maizenblue View Post
    Ok, my understanding is that almost all "sweet" corn sold by grocery stores and street corner farmers is actually field corn. My friend (grew up on a farm) told me only a verrrry small percentage of all corn produced is actually sweet corn.

    Is there any way to visibly tell the difference? My buddy said real sweet corn kernels should look kinda rough and shriveled.
    Field corn is not sweet corn. When you drive down the road and see corn, it is field corn. Its breed for yield and starch content. It is feed to livestock and processed into almost anything. When you walk down the grocery store isle, you are looking at processed corn. Corn is in everything. Pop, Ketchup, Chips, etc. Read the food labels, it is in everything.

    Sweet corn is breed for taste and sugar. It is shorter and usually uglier than field corn. Sweet corn production is less than 1% of total corn production.



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    Re: Field corn vs. sweet corn

    Field corn will also more than likely have a pink or red cob.

    You should know if you are eating field corn right away... it will generally be much tougher.


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    Re: Field corn vs. sweet corn

    He is right that sweet corn is a very small percentage of corn grown, but all sweet corn on the shelf or at a market is NOT field corn, it is sweet corn.


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    Re: Field corn vs. sweet corn

    Go boil an ear of field corn and tell us how it was.



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    Re: Field corn vs. sweet corn

    I think the sweet corn sold today, especially the Peaches and Cream variety, is too sweet; I like to taste corn, and if I want a sweet fix, I will buy a candy bar. Just sayin



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    Re: Field corn vs. sweet corn

    Quote Originally Posted by Wallruss64 View Post
    Go boil an ear of field corn and tell us how it was.
    It can be eaten like sweet corn if taken at just the right time. Definitely wouldn't be confused for sweet corn, though.


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    Re: Field corn vs. sweet corn

    I suppose if he means it is grown in a field he may be correct. If he doesn't he is full of ****.


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    Re: Field corn vs. sweet corn

    Quote Originally Posted by maizenblue View Post
    Ok, my understanding is that almost all "sweet" corn sold by grocery stores and street corner farmers is actually field corn. My friend (grew up on a farm) told me only a verrrry small percentage of all corn produced is actually sweet corn.

    Is there any way to visibly tell the difference? My buddy said real sweet corn kernels should look kinda rough and shriveled.
    You must be 10, 11 tops right?



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    Re: Field corn vs. sweet corn

    Watch the documentary King Corn and there are all your answers.



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    Re: Field corn vs. sweet corn

    Quote Originally Posted by chadm View Post
    Sweet corn is a variety that has more sugar content. You can eat field corn at the milk stage and it isn't that bad. But, most sweet corn today is the mix of white and yellow kernels, that is not a variety of field corn.
    This is absolutely correct.



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