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All About ‘Bloody Butcher’ Corn, Part 3: Storing, Packaging, and Selling (with Recipes)

| 3/28/2016 9:55:00 AM

The author likes to use environmentally sound packaging and also compostable when available.

Read Part 1: Planting and Pest Control

Read Part 2: Harvesting, Drying, Shelling, and Grinding

Fresh Product vs. Value-Added Product

If you are growing corn to sell, you can sell it fresh (to eat) without any additional license or permit. You can also sell the green shucks/husks (fresh) at market. A lot of people buy these to make tamales or dumplings. Native Americans also used the “blades” of the stalk for dumplings. You take your mixture, most often flour/meal and cooked beans, ball it up, wrap with the “blade,” and put into a boiling pot of water to let it cook.

Corn shucks/husks use to be used in mattress ticking as“filler.” It was also braided and used to bottom chairs. We save the shucks and make our infamous cornshuck dolls. Our dolls were used as props for an episode of the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation.

8/4/2016 9:09:45 PM

Hi BloominBlog! Yes, you can eat the corn when the kernels are fully developed and in the milk stage (if you cut into the kernals it will look milky). This corn will not be sweet so, if you want a sweeter corn you can add sugar to the boiling water when cooking.

8/3/2016 10:04:36 AM

Hi - I am growing Bloody Butcher corn for the first time. I understand it can be eaten fresh when 'young'. How big is a 'young' corn?

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