Adaptive Seeds

Dent Corn, Open Oak Party Mix (Organic)

$3.80$75.30

Zea mays. Dent. 90-100 days.

Our main crop field corn that we grow for cornmeal, flour and for making masa. Open Oak Party Mix is the best corn we offer for nixtamalization and making your own hominy or pozole. After grinding, we sometimes sift out the coarse polenta from the flour and we have two different staple foods from a single crop. Selected for large, thick, early ears that range in color from yellow to orange to red. We especially love the ears that are dark orange with yellow caps because it gives the illusion of a burning flame. All single colored ears, which is useful for zeroing in on the particular flavor of each color. When given good fertility, expect very tall plants and high yields. A semi-flinty dent type selected from a freely crossed population of Wapsie Valley Dent, Vermont Flint, Garland Flint, Italian Polenta and several unnamed dent varieties from a University of Wisconsin breeding project for nutrition. This is a diverse population, still purposefully variable.

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Corn does best when direct sown 1” deep, spaced at 18” centers. Plant when danger of frost has passed, after soaking seed overnight. For optimal pollination plant in blocks of 100. Harvest dry corn when husks are brown. Pick cob, fold husk back, and bring inside to dry completely. Remove kernels by rubbing two cobs together or with a mechanical corn sheller. Test for dryness with a hammer; dry kernels shatter and moist ones squish.

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Isolate from other corn varieties by 1/2 – 1 mile or two weeks for time isolation.

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