Monday, January 22, 2007

The Corn That Everyone's Talking About!

"The Corn That Everyone's Talking About!" That's what Park Seed Co. says about its Bicolor Mirai 301BC seed. Park claims that this is the sweetest tasting and most tender corn EVER grown. So I ask you, has anyone heard of this before?

I know, I know, every seed company claims that every variety is the best. I've even seen some companies claim that two or more varieties of a certain vegetable that they offer are the best. We all know there can only be one "best". We also know that nobody can prove that a variety is truly the best, so it is a pretty loose claim. Nonetheless, the discription of Mirai 301 originally from Japan intrigued me enough that I bought some. Look at some of the quotes below, taken from their description:

"This gourmet corn is requested by 5-star restaurants . . . as well as by anyone who has ever tasted it!"

"These ears are 7 to 8 inches long, with good "tip fill" (meaning that the kernels stay plump and delicious all the way to the end of the ear instead of petering out!) and excellent coverage by dark green husks. Once picked, the ears last up to 6 weeks if refrigerated! (But you'll eat every last one LONG before then!) The 7-foot plants are very, very heavy-yielding, quite tolerant of stress, and show good resistance to Stewart's Wilt and common rust."

Park's Director of Seeds, Stephanie Turner, is quoted as saying "I have never tasted anything like it in my life" and "I sampled it raw in the field, and it was all I could do not to eat the entire cob!"

So, will it live up to the hype? I was sold on it so much that I plan to put up an 8 foot fence around it to hopefully keep the Deer and Racoons out. If nothing else, it will give me plenty of material to blog about this spring/summer.

The seeds arrived in the mail the other day. Anxiously I opened the envelope to see this miracle corn and here it is:

Could this be the beginning of a new "favorite"? Is everyone really talking about it? If not, will they be after I grow it this season?! Stay tuned and find out! Same Bat Blog, Same Bat Garden!



Maybe I missed it going through your site, how was this corn? :)



It might be the corn that everyone is talking about, but I haven't talked about it because I didn't get a chance to even plant it in 2007. I have such a problem with raccoons that I wanted to put a tall fence around the corn. I tried to build the fence but had so much difficulty that I gave up. I talked about it in this post.

This year, 2008, I plan to try the fence and the Mirai corn again.

Thanks for asking, SVen

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