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Sweet Corn

What do you know about sweet corn?  Cook up this quick quiz. "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

1) What is NOT a name for Sweet corn?FUN Trivia Quizzes powered by ABE

  • Hungry corn
  • Indian corn
  • Pole corn
  • Sugar corn

2) Unlike field corn varieties, which are harvested when the kernels are dry and mature (dent stage), sweet corn is picked when immature and eaten as a vegetable, rather than a grain.  What stage is the immature sweet corn best picked?

  • Blow stage
  • Feed stage
  • Milk stage
  • Tap stage

3) Since the process of maturation involves converting sugar into starch, sweet corn stores poorly and must be eaten fresh, canned, or frozen before the kernels become tough and starchy.

  • True or False?

4) Sweet corn occurs as a spontaneous mutation in field corn and was grown by several American Indian tribes.  According to "Sweet Corn Production." Jonathan R. Schultheis, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, North Carolina State University. Revised 12/94, when was the first recorded sweet corn given by the Iroquois (called Papoon) to European settlers?

  • 1579
  • 1679
  • 1779
  • 1879

5) Open pollinated varieties of white sweet corn started to become widely available in the United States in the 19th century. Two of the most enduring varieties, still available today, are Country Gentleman and Stowell's Evergreen.

  • True or False?

6) What is the fruit of the sweet corn plant known as?

  • Cob

7) Because corn is a monocot, there is always an uneven number of rows of kernels.

  • True or False?

8) What was one of the first food preparations adapted from American Indians by European colonists in North America.

  • Cornpone
  • Hominy
  • Hummus
  • Waffles

9) Cooked sweet corn has significant antioxidant activity, which has been suggested to reduce the chance of heart disease and cancer, although this has not been definitively proven in practice.

  • True or False?

10) What is NOT a variety of sweet corn?

  • Alanon (ae)
  • Standard (su)
  • Sugary Extender (se)
  • Supersweet (sh2)

Check Your Answers

Sweet Corn [Answers]

  1. Hungry corn
  2. Milk stage
  3. True
  4. 1779
  5. True
  6. Kernal
  7. False. Because corn is a monocot, there is always an even number of rows of kernels.
  8. Hominy
  9. True
  10. Alanon (ae)

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