Growing Heirloom Gourdseed Corn

Today’s bland hybrid corns are a casualty of the industry’s focus on mass production and multi-purpose. Why not try growing heirloom gourdseed corn, a variety rich with history and flavor?



Gourdseed corn plants grow tall, with two ears held high on each stalk, denying raccoons their favorite sweet nighttime treat.
Gourdseed corn plants grow tall, with two ears held high on each stalk, denying raccoons their favorite sweet nighttime treat.  
Photo by Rob Cardillo
Heirloom gourdseed corn is a practical, flavorful, and visually intriguing addition to kitchen gardens.
Heirloom gourdseed corn is a practical, flavorful, and visually intriguing addition to kitchen gardens.
Photo by Rob Cardillo
The old name of this bread is spider corn bread, spider being the early American term for a frying pan with three legs and a long handle.
The old name of this bread is spider corn bread, spider being the early American term for a frying pan with three legs and a long handle.
Photo by Rob Cardillo
Gourdseed corn’s unique attributes can make it a great addition to centerpieces and recipes.
Gourdseed corn’s unique attributes can make it a great addition to centerpieces and recipes.
Photo by Rob Cardillo

















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