Flour Corn, Mandan Parching Lavender (Organic)

Zea mays. Parching. 70-80 days.

Produces short little 4′ plants that are extremely early to mature. Small, plump ears are a gorgeous silvery lavender. If you’ve ever had trouble maturing corn in a short season climate, Mandan Parching Lavender is for you. Highly recommended by Carol Deppe for parching, which entails dry roasting on a skillet until the kernels crack/pop like corn nuts, only they taste much better. Also good ground into flour and used for making rich cakes and cornbread. One of the traditional native corns grown along the Missouri River in North Dakota. Aka, Mandan Red Clay.

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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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