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Golden Bantam corn is a yellow corn variety that produces ears of corn loaded with 8-10 rows of sweet, plump kernels. This corn has been the home gardener’s choice since the beginning of the 20th century.
Golden Bantam History
Golden Bantam corn is a yellow corn variety that produces ears of corn loaded with 8-10 rows of sweet, plump kernels. This corn has been the home gardener’s choice since the beginning of the 20th century. Each stalk is around 5 feet (1.5 m.) in height and bears two 5-6 ½ inch (13-17 cm.) long ears a piece. Remember that corn comes in a variety of hues, from white to black to orange and yellow.
Up until 1900, everything except white corn was grown to feed livestock. White corn had come to represent refinement and quality and was the choice for human consumption. A farmer in Greenfield, Massachusetts, William Chambers, had been growing corn that was ready to harvest long before anyone else’s corn. He became the sort of blue ribbon grower of corn in his neck of the woods. Because he was revered for having such an amazing strain of corn, after his death in 1891, his fellow farmers kept the strain pure and continued to grow it for their own families.
Planting Golden Bantam
Plant the “Golden Bantam” corn seeds in blocks of three to four rows for adequate pollination. Plant at least nine plants per row. Space the rows about 36 inches apart and the seeds 2 to 3 inches apart. In clay soil, plant the seeds about 1 inch deep. Plant the seeds 1.5 inches deep in sandy loam soil and 2 inches deep in sandy soil. One-half pound of seed provides seeds for a 2,000-square-foot garden. Space the planting of “Golden Bantam” corn seeds several weeks apart to provide a continuous harvest of fresh corn. A 30-foot row of corn provides a family of four with sweet corn for about a week.
Preserving and Storing Your Corn For Later Use
Freezing corn. Prepare corn, blanch ears, and then cut the kernels from the cob. Pack cold corn in freezer-safe packaging and place in freezer. Freeze vegetables up to twelve months.
Drying corn kernels. Prepare golden bantam corn, blanch ears, and then cut the kernels from the cob. Place kernels on drying trays. Preheat an oven or food dehydrator to 130 degrees F to 140 degrees F. Dry corn kernels for 6-12 hours, or until brittle. Cool until no longer warm and then transfer in an airtight container. Stored dried foods in a cool, dry place. Check dried foods every couple of month for spoilage, usually mold if they were not fully dried. Storage life depends on conditions where you live. Dried foods can only be kept for 1-2 months in humid climates, and longer in drier climates. Dried foods often last only until the weather turns warm again.
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Cooking With Golden Bantam
We all love corn on the cob. However, sometimes it’s hard to find a good recipe. Thankfully, Garden Betty gives an amazing recipe for lime butter sweet corn.
Golden Bantam Nutrition
Golden Bantam sweet corn is a good substitute for gluten products, those with celiac disease or, a gluten intolerance. Sweet corn is one of the best sources of dietary fibers as 100g can provide 5% of daily fiber. Sweet corn also possesses high levels of ß-carotenes, vitamin A, flavanoids, lutein, xanthins, thiamin, zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, manganese, and ferulic acid. Ferulic acid is being studied for potentially anti-cancer properties, while flavonoids may prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.
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