Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ruby Queen Hybrid Corn

 Several people have been interested in the Ruby Queen SE Sweet corn I have been growing. So far this season I have picked it at different stages checking the flavor and color at each stage.
My first batch of corn I believe is getting too much shade. The corn has been about 4-5 inches long but still full kernels and tastes good. I picked it in two stages, light red or blush and then again when some was a much darker red. While the much darker red is prettier it is not sweet. I find it best and sweetest to pick it when it is slightly red and full. My family loves this corn. They like the colors and the flavors! Last year I had lots of corn, still small, but my step father who LOVES corn ate a TON of it!

This 2nd round of corn which I am in the middle of harvesting now is getting much bigger than the first round.  Although I am having to race the squirrels for them.

This one is from the last round. I let it get darker and most of them are smaller. They were good but did not taste sweet.
I had several of the small dark corn left so I cut it all off and mixed it together with the corn harvested above to make a corn bread side dish. A recipe of my mother in law's.

For the recipe I needed creamed corn. So, I took half of it and mashed it and cooked it down with some milk , salt and pepper.
 Her recipe calls for mixing the corn(15oz) and creamed corn(15oz) with a cup of sour cream, 2 eggs beaten, 1/2 cup of butter melted and a package of corn muffin mix, baking on 350 for 35-45 mins. I did not have corn bread mix so I tried to make a mix with my corn meal. It came out much thicker and heavier than normal. But it was still good. My son who loves it ate every bit. It could have used some honey I think! What is corn bread without honey?

We also used the carrots harvested earlier in the week for honey roasted carrots. I used the rest of the honey on them. But they were yummy and the kids ate a bunch!

Burpee's Description of the Ruby Queen corn:

Corn, Ruby Queen Hybrid

Really Red, Really Sweet.
Burpee Exclusive
Customer Favorite!
Hybrid SE Sweet Corn. Ready to harvest in 75 days. An amazing new sweet corn color it's really red! You won't believe how appetizing a red corn can be until you see it on your plate, then bite into the extra-sweet, tender kernels. You can enjoy Ruby Queen at two stages. Pick it when it's blush-red for maximum SE sweetness. Or let it ripen to full red so it can develop its rich, old-fashioned corn flavor. The meaty ears are 8" long with 18 rows of juicy, very tender kernels. Plants are 7 ft tall and often bear 2 ears apiece. No need to isolate from other corns, but we suggest that you grow another SE variety with Ruby Queen to help with pollination. (Our Breeder's Choice corn is a perfect companion.) Steaming or microwaving are the best cooking methods for enhancing the delectable color. An added bonus the red tassels and stalks make fantastic autumn decorations. Grow in full sun in rich, fertile, well-drained soil.

Product Details

Sun: Full Sun 
Sowing Method: Direct Sow 
Days to Maturity: 75  days
Height: 7  feet
Spread: 12  inches
Thinning: 12 inches 

1 comment:

  1. Iguess I won't be trying to grow corn but thank you for your thoughtfulness posting this info. Nancy