Flint Corn, Abenaki (Organic)

Zea mays. Flint. 80-90 days.

The good yield and reliability of Abenaki flint corn makes it an excellent variety for market farm production. Best for polenta, grits and wet batter cornbread, we find the flavor to be rich and delicious. 8-10 rows of kernels on single color cobs that are yellow, red or orange. Very ornamental and tolerant of difficult growing conditions. In fact, Lonesome Whistle Farm has demonstrated that Abenaki can withstand serious wet fall weather and still yield a quality harvest. Native to the Northeastern US and named after the Abenaki tribe. Highly recommended by Carol Deppe in The Resilient Gardener. She used it as one of the parents of her Cascade Ruby-Gold Flint Corn.

Seed produced by Lonesome Whistle Farm in Junction City, Oregon.


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.

Seed Saving

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

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