Corn is one of the world’s largest cereal crops and is used to make a variety of products, such as flour, cereal and polenta. Corn cobs grow to about 20-25 cm long and are cylindrical in shape. Cobs are covered with thin, overlapping leaves which are peeled off to reveal the yellow corn kernels on the cob.
Despite being most well-known for its yellow colour, corn can also come in a range of different colours, such as red, pink, black, purple and blue. Baby corn is smaller, lighter and slightly sweeter than larger corn and is often used in Asian cooking. Corn can be boiled, grilled, steamed, baked and added to dishes. A favourite way to prepare corn is to roast or grill it, rub it with butter and eat it straight off the cob.
Corn is available all year in Australia, with peak periods being September to May. Winter is not a peak period as corn thrives in the warmer, drier months.
Pavlos Fruits, Bull Creek Organic Garlic, Patlin Gardens, W&B Hart and B&A Andonopoulos stalls sell corn at the Showground Farmers’ Market on Sundays.