Here is the Oaxacan Green Dent Corn, Zea mays. This variety originates from Mexico and has been cultivated for centuries by the Zapotec people. The stalks typically reach 7 feet tall and produce as many as 6 cob per stalk. the cobs can get to 10 inches long and has an emerald green color. The hardened kernels are then either left on the cob and used as decorations, or removed and ground into cornmeal for tamales and tortillas. This is considered a grain corn. Has a nutty, rich and creamy flavors which are often lost in conventional varieties! Does well at higher latitudes. Open pollinated 85-100 days depending on location.
Oaxacan Green Dent Corn
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For early plantings, sow seeds only 1 inch deep; in the hot weather of midsummer, plant them up to 2 inches deep. The average germination rate for sweet corn is about 75 percent, so plant three seeds together every 7 to 15 inches. They should germinate in 7 to 10 days. Thin to one plant every 15 inches. Oaxacan Green Dent corn should be picked when the outer husks have dried and become a dull shade of yellow. The husked ears need to be further dried for a period of 2 to 3 weeks before the kernels become loose and are easily removed from the cob. Once ground, the green cornmeal may be used just like traditional yellow cornmeal, but it offers a unique slightly herbaceous quality.