Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a courtyard garden. Which edibles will tolerate less than ideal growing conditions. Discovering how veggies can grow in partial shade.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Super sweet?

 I am impressed with the number of corn cobs on each of these supersweet F1 Lapwing sweet corn plants. Three cobs on each stalk is quite amazing. You can tell when the tassles on the top of the corn turn brown that the kernels are starting to ripen.
 A little delve through the leaves will confirm that they are ripe and ready to eat. I do have a slight problem with these cobs.
 Years of plant breeding have aimed to produce a super, supersweet, tender sweet corn. After eating these freshly picked cobs this afternoon I am beginning to think that they are just too sugary and sweet for my taste. I suppose so many food products have sugar added nowadays, perhaps I am just getting old, but these really were very sweet and sugary. Not unpleasant, but more like a fruit than a vegetable.  I think I might stick to another variety next year.
 Meanwhile back in the pumpkin jungle, this watched pot continues to boil! With sensible blogger advice I have moved it onto a wooden board so that the underside does not get soggy and eaten by slugs. The growth on this is just amazing!
Meanwhile, elsewhere on the patch Leo has been scrumping apples!


At 12:56 AM, Blogger VirginiaC said...

Leo is my kind of dog...enjoys fruits and veggies.
Give him a hug for me.

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Magic Cochin said...

Our sweetcorn are nowhere near ready to eat - but are looking promising. I can't remember the variety right now.

Have you made sure that Leo can't munch the pumpkin?!


At 1:29 PM, Blogger Magic Cochin said...

Just checked... I'm growing Sweet Nugget F1. Will report how sweet they taste.

Maybe the super sweet corn has been developed for the corn syrup business.

C x

At 7:09 PM, Blogger Bangchik and Kakdah said...

lovely corns, and I can really feel the sweetness as you mentioned. You are right about corns more of fruits than vegetables. When we eat corns, it is not actually fruits, but seeds!!... have a nice day.

At 4:04 PM, Blogger kitsapFG said...

I have had the same thoughts about sweet corn varieties too. We don't grow huge amounts of it and enjoy it for the brief season, but I have not bothered to try and make more room to grow more of it because there is only so much "sweet" I am interested in really. My husband on the other hand loves the stuff.

At 12:19 AM, Blogger Lee said...

Well your corn is light years ahead of ours. Looking forward to munching on fresh cobs though; not something I'd really considered growing before getting the allotment. I love how fast pumpkins grow. Every time we head down the plot it's the first thing we look for "flipping hell, look at the size of it NOW" etc!


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