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Amaize Sweet Corn: Sweet, Crunchy Perfection

Amaize Sweet Corn

We’ve found the perfect fresh summer corn–Amaize Sweet Corn.

One of the great joys of late summer is sweet corn on the cob. However, more often than not, the corn we buy in the grocery stores or even at farmer’s markets and fruits stands is old, tough, and the sugars have turned to starch.  So when a colleague raved about Amaize, a new variety of corn appearing in select stores across the nation, I wasn’t convinced. When I tasted this sweet, crunchy corn, I became a believer.

Amaize Sweet Corn is a special breed of white corn grown at New George Crookham, a specialty breeder based along the Snake River in Idaho who have been breeding corn and onions for more than 100 years. This delicious corn is not Frankencorn—it’s not been genetically modified. Instead, George Crookham and Bruce Hobdey used the time-consuming process of hybridization, a traditional, natural breeding method people have been using for thousands of years. It took them more than 20 years testing of testing 10,000+ varieties for them to develop Amaizee. And it’s been worth the wait. This may just be the perfect sweet corn.

Like other corn, Amaize Sweet Corn is jam-packed with natural health benefits such as antioxidants, fiber and phytochemicals. It’s sweet enough to eat right off the stalk (though we recommend a quick cook and a bit of butter). And the good news is Amaize Sweet Corn retains its sweetness and amazing crispness of even with cooking.

In fact, this corn stays sweet and crunchy even after a few days. My corn arrived the day after I left town for three days. I asked a friend to put my ears of Amaize in the refrigerator. I returned 2 ½ days after the corn had arrived, cooked it up and was absolutely wowed.

Here’s the bad news: Amaize Sweet Corn is new so it’s only available in select cities in the United States. Currently, you can find it at stores like New Seasons in towns like in Portland, Oregon, Minneapolis, Sacramento, Buffalo, New Orleans, Toronto, and San Antonio. If this truly “amazing” Amaize Sweet Corn is available in your town, it’s worth checking out. If it’s not, ask your grocer to get some. You’ll be smiling that late summer sweet corn smile. – Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.