This Is the Most Gorgeous Corn on the Cob You’ll Ever See

published Jan 18, 2017
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I doubt you’ve ever seen corn that looks like this before. Glass gem corn, uncovered by Oklahoma farmer Carl Barnes, was found when Barnes decided to connect with his Native American roots through food. He discovered several strains of corn seeds through his agricultural journey and through selective planting, he was able to cultivate the beautiful crop.

Moreover, Barnes shared his discovery with Native American tribe elders and other growers. You may now buy the seeds online from Native Seeds/SEARCH, which is “dedicated to this calling to conserve the rich agro-biodiversity of the arid Southwest because of its genetic and cultural importance.”

Although this corn can be popped or ground into flour, it isn’t recommended to be eaten off the cob. In fact, its most popular use is decorative — and it’s easy to see why. Edible history has never been more beautiful.