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dlbailey
Central Valley, CA
(Zone 9a)

December 31, 2010
4:17 PM

Post #8285548

Which is the sweetest heirloom corn variety? What about Sunshine Sweet, Stowell's Evergreen or Golden Bantam?
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


December 31, 2010
4:49 PM

Post #8285602

Golden Bantam, Black Mexican are the best flavored (sweetness and tenderness) in my opinion of the open pollinated types. Shoepeg/Country Gentleman and Stowells Evergreen have stood the test of time. Once leading commercial varieties , they still have a following among home gardeners. Truckers Favorite is closer to field corn but still grown. Howling Mob is similar to Country Gentleman, not quite as large. Have not encountered Sunshine Sweet but have read the descriptors. It was developed by Yeager (North Dakota) as a short season corn. I have grown some of the Canadian V series like Polar V. Early but with little flavor. Still hold true with hybrids in the extra early class.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2011
8:13 AM

Post #8289944

I always seem to go back to Country Gentleman. I've tried Golden Bantam. It was good, too. I guess, like wine, it is a matter of taste. I'll have to keep an eye open for Black Mexican. Kandy Korn did well for me last season, but I think it is a hybrid. Still, Country Gentleman was the star...I only grow a small, home garden, patch though. Don't know how it does for a market garden (larger fields).

beebonnet

beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

January 22, 2011
2:10 PM

Post #8324512

I have read that to get the very sweetest corn, only grow one kind. Anyone else ever heard of that?
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


January 22, 2011
3:33 PM

Post #8324650

Only if you are growing Sh2 (supersweets)

beebonnet

beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

January 23, 2011
3:54 PM

Post #8326370

Thanks, Farmerdill. Glad I asked. I found some saved seed from a trade and it is a supersweet, so I will go with the one kind.

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