Gardeners' are special people in my book! They plant the seeds. They tenderly nourish and care for young plants. They weed daily. They water faithfully. They shew away all things that might harm the garden. They wait, pray and watch for miracles to happen.
Best of all, I have never known a gardener who would not share their bounty with others!
I was blessed enough to have some gardeners' share recently! They shared this lucious, home-grown veggie! Nothing tastes like fresh corn-on-the-cob right out of the garden. I bet you can taste the buttery sweetness even as you are reading this.
Here is this little ear growing on the stalk of corn. You reach down and you snap it off by pulling down on the ear. It is covered in a blanket of tightly wrapped leaves. I am sure there is a technical name but for most of us leaves will suffice.
You can freeze it, store it or grill it at this point but this expert I was with uses the method his mom and grandmother used and that was simply clean the corn in the field and leave the mess there! So we carefully cut the ends off the ears and shed the protective leaves.
This method also allows you to see if you got a good ear or one that has been eaten by our friend. (see his picture below) (LOL) If it happens to not be a nice full ear, pick another one and try your luck. There are usually two to three ears, at least, per stalk. Keep in mind this is garden variety corn not field corn.
Special thanks to my special garden friends and to all gardeners for growing fresh food for us to eat and enjoy! I am already eyeing my next find if I get invited back to the garden!