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
- 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
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?
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.
6) What is the fruit of the sweet corn plant known as?
7) Because corn is a monocot, there is always an
uneven number of rows of kernels.
8) What was one of the first food preparations adapted from
American Indians by European colonists in North America.
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.
10) What is NOT
a variety of sweet corn?
- Alanon (ae)
- Standard (su)
- Sugary Extender (se)
- Supersweet (sh2)