Corn and Memorial Day Go Hand in Hand
Memorial Day is less than a week away and corn on the cob is a staple for your holiday party. The California organic corn season starts in May in Thermal, just 25 miles southeast of Palm Springs where the average high in May is 95.7°. In June, production begins to move north to Coalinga, just off Hwy 5, and continues up to Brentwood and Stockton in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Towards the end of the summer we may see some smaller growers north of Sacramento with inconsistent production.
Organic corn is difficult to grow because of a major pest, the corn earworm. We have seen very little evidence of worms this season but if you happen to find a one hiding beneath the corn silk, usually near the top of the ear, it is easy to remove.
How to choose corn without peeling back the husk
- Feel for plump kernels through the husk
- Look for brown and sticky tassels sticking out of the top of the ear. Black or dry tassels mean the corn is old
- A bright green husk is a sign of fresh corn
Earl’s has delicious sweet bi-color corn for your Memorial Day Weekend. Share your recipes on our Facebook page.