Sweet corn is a natural mutation of the standard field corn variety. This mutation causes the corn to have higher sugar levels than the regular corn variety. Unlike regular field corn, sweet corn is picked much earlier at the milk stage and is consumed as a vegetable rather than a grain. By picking them earlier, the plant still hasn’t converted a majority of its sugar content to starch, which gives sweet corn its sweet taste. Once a strain of sweet corn has been identified, it should be isolated from other corn varieties as not to contaminate and cause the crop to become tough and starchy.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Poales
- Family: Poaceae
- Genus: Zea
- Species: Z. mays
- Binomial name: Zea mays L.
Sweet Corn Trivia
- An ear of sweet corn typically has around 800 kernels.
- Due to its wide domestication, it is almost impossible to find any wild-growing corn.
- The number of kernels on each corn cob is the same as the number of silk threads present. Someone must have counted a lot of threads to determine this number.
- Fourteen thousand pounds of sweet corn can be grown in an acre of land.
- One sweet corn plant can have anywhere between one and three cobs.