Sweet corn

Fresh sweet corn

How to select

Choose ears of corn with fresh, green husks and compact rows of kernels.

How to prepare

Remove the outer layer of the corn (husk) and the fine strands (silk) from each ear of corn. Rinse the ear (cob) under water before cooking.

How to store

  • Corn is best eaten the same day it's purchased or picked up. 
  • If that isn't possible, store unhusked ears of corn loose in the refrigerator - don't bunch them together in a plastic bag. 
  • For the best flavor, use corn within two days. Keep husked corn refrigerated in plastic bags and use within two days. 

Peak season


Ways to use

  • Fresh sweet corn can be roasted, boiled, broiled, steamed, or microwaved. 
    Add to stews, casseroles, and salads. 
  • Add to fresh salsa. 
  • Add to cornbread.

Fun facts

  • An ear of corn contains an average of 800 kernels. 
  • Native Americans grew corn in Central America more than 7,000 years ago. 
  • Every continent but Antarctica produces corn. 
  • There is always an even number of rows on an ear of corn.

Nutrition info and facts

High in fiber, which aids your digestive system. Contains valuable B vitamins, which are important for overall health. Provides essential minerals such as zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese.

1 medium ear = 77 calories, 3 g protein, 17 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 33 mg magnesium, 80 mg phosphorus, 243 mg potassium, 6 mg vitamin C

Learn more

Growing sweet corn in home gardens (UMN Extension)

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