Because freshly picked corn is a delight and tastes far better than corn from the grocery store, gardeners are ready to invest their time and garden space in cultivating it. When the corn is at its absolute best, harvest it. If left alone for too long, the kernels get hard and starchy. Continue reading for information about corn harvesting that will assist you in determining when it is appropriate to harvest corn. One of the most crucial aspects of a quality crop is knowing when to harvest the corn. About 20 days after the silk first develops, corn is ready for harvest. The husks are still green during harvest time while the silk goes brown.
Near the top of each stalk, there should be at least one ear. If the circumstances are right, you might see another ear descend further down the stem. Ordinarily, the lower ears are smaller and reach maturity a little later than those at the stalk’s top. Make sure the corn is at the “milk stage” before you start picking it. Look for the milky liquid within by poking a kernel.
Early in the morning is the finest time to harvest corn. Pull down while holding the ear firmly, then twist and pull. Usually, it is simple to remove from the stalk. For the first few days, only harvest what you can consume in a day, but be careful to gather the entire crop while it is still in the milky stage. Soon after harvest, remove the corn stalks. To speed the stalks’ decomposition, cut them into 1-foot (30 cm) lengths before putting them in the compost bin.
Some say that since corn loses its freshly harvested flavor so rapidly, you should start the water to boil before heading to the garden to gather it. Although the timing is not particularly important, it tastes best right after harvest. After you pick the corn, the sugars start to turn into starches, and after about a week, it will taste more like corn you buy at the store than like corn you picked from the garden. Freshly picked corn stays best in the refrigerator, where it can be kept for up to a week. It is preferable to freeze it if you need to keep it for a longer period. To save space, you can either clip it off the cob or freeze it on the cob.
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