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Corn, Hopi Blue (Zea mays), packet of 100 seeds, Organic

Corn, Hopi Blue (Zea mays)
Robust, drought-tolerant cultivar selected over many generations by the Hopi tribespeople of the American SW.  90 days to maturity.  Plants to 10 feet tall.  Ears to 1 foot long, usually 2 per stalk.  Powerful food and medicine.  When picked during the early milk stage, the massive ears can be roasted or boiled, making excellent eating--corn on the cob.  Allowed to fully mature and dry, this Hopi Blue produces a sweet, high protein (30% higher protein content than other corns) grain for use in making tortillas and corn bread.  Eating cornmeal porridge or corn bread from hand-grown Hopi Blue is a transformational experience and leaves one deeply satisfied, belly and soul.  The kernals remain ivory colored until dry-down, whereupon they develop their stunning blue-black lustre.  Plants prefer bright sun.  Do not over water during early growth phases lest the plants become too leggy.  Heap soil around the developing stems to prohibit lodging (that's when the plants fall over in strong wind). 100 Seeds/Pkt, Certified Organically Grown

"Studies at Colorado State University indicate that the protein content of commercial blue corn is consistantly 30% higher than dent corns in adjacent fields."

More on growing and eating corn:  Corn is best planted in a block of at least 3 rows, with rows 2 feet apart. Planting in this manner assists in pollination and development of full ears. Make the furrows about 4 inches deep, sprinkle composted chicken manure in the bottom of the furrow, drop the corn seeds (1 every 4 inches or so) in the furrow, then cover with soil and tamp securely. Water thoroughly after planting, but then hold off on the water until the corn shows above the ground-hot, sunny, dry days provide the best conditions for germination, and a hard crust on the surface makes it difficult for crows to pull up the seedlings. After the seedlings reach 3 inches or so, thin them to a foot apart, and cultivate frequently and shallowly, pushing soil up around the plants as they mature (in order to give them more wind resistance). Once the plants reach knee high, you can undersow with crimson clover.  When the clover comes up, it covers the soil and disallows weeds.  The roots of the clover fix atmospheric nitrogen, which is then used by the corn as it matures.  Harvest the corn when the silk dries back and the kernals are full and juicy.  Get the fire going under the big kettle of water before you even harvest the ears, then harvest them, strip off the husk and drop the fresh corn into the boiling water without delay.  This will give you the sweetest corn, because sugars rapidly become starches once the corn is harvested.  All this is a good reason to have the corn patch not too far from the kitchen.  To make parched corn (very good for winter soups), parboil the fresh ears for 2 minutes and then put in cold water and then dry in a dehydrator or in the sun.  Once the kernals are dry on the cob, shuck them off and make sure they are completely dried through before storing in gallon jars for the winter.  This is very similar to the method for freezing corn.  To freeze, parboil the fresh ear for 2 minutes, dump in cold water to cool, then slice the kernals off the ear with a knife and put them in plastic bags and freeze them right away--that works really well, and these can be taken out of the freezer and reconstituted by boiling in a little water and butter or coconut oil--yum!  To save the seed for replanting, obviously, do not parboil it!  Let the ears fully mature on the stalks and pick them and dry them on screens in a place with positive airflow.  When the seed is completely dry, store it in glass jars for use the next year.  This is open pollinated corn, you know, and you can save your own seed!  Now that you've harvested the corn, you can go back into the field and cut back the stalks.  Goats and cows love them, and these domestic animals produce LOTS of milk when they regale on the corn stalks.  Now the crimson clover will cover the whole field and blossom brightly.  You have taken care of the corn, your belly, and the earth.  You have taken care of the goats.  What's left?  Why, you still haven't hung any corn up above your front door to bless the house with fertility and prosperity!  Better do that soon, before the corn borers make away with the last good ears left kicking around.  Bundle them up before the snow starts swirling and YOU have to bundle up.  It all makes sense, this way of life, where corn that you eat is also corn that you plant, is also corn that blesses the home.  Richo 





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