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Where has all the yellow corn gone?!

Porthos May 27, 2012 10:04 AM

I think the responses in the below 2009 thread explains why I can't find any yellow corn for my crab boil this weekend. To me, white corn is sweeter but yellow corn has more corn flavor, like white peach vs yellow peach.

Is this a problem just in LA or are other people finding it harder to find yellow corn these days?

Any lurking farmers, some of us still prefer yellow corn. I'm personally willing to pay a bit more for it!


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    acgold7 May 27, 2012 10:44 AM

    I'm with you. I try to seek out yellow corn whenever possible and am willing to put up with less sweetness for more corn flavor.

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      kengk May 27, 2012 11:05 AM

      In my experience, with growing and eating many different types of corn, the color is irrelevant. You can get all ranges of sweetness from either yellow or white corn depending on the variety.

      I prefer a regular sweet corn such as Silver Queen to the highly sugar enhanced varieties.

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      1. re: kengk
        Porthos May 27, 2012 01:08 PM

        I'm not sure what variety of white corn is in the regular supermarkets or what variety of yellow corn, but I have liked the flavor of the yellow ones better. I do like my yellow corn sweet but not as much as the high sugar white ones. But the flavor I'm referring to maybe more of a corn aroma and not so much as sweetness per se.

        1. re: Porthos
          kengk May 27, 2012 01:16 PM

          Maybe you could find a farmers market where they could tell you what the actual variety of corn was. That is the only real way I know of to be able to figure out which one it is that you like the best.

          Different varieties have different times to maturity as well so the yellow corn that you like today may be a completely different one in two or three weeks.

          1. re: kengk
            Shrinkrap Jun 28, 2012 01:14 PM

            I asked what kind of tomato they were selling at a market stand last week and was told "local".

      2. Uncle Bob May 27, 2012 03:09 PM

        A couple of thousand (at least) acres of yellow corn around me. ~~ Local gardens are full of mostly yellow corn. ~~ Grocery stores are full of Florida Yellow Sweet Corn...Some Bi-Color

        1. Bacardi1 May 27, 2012 03:49 PM

          While I live in an area where white "Silver Queen" corn is king, it's a late variety that doesn't hit our farmers markets or roadside stands until late August.

          However, beginning now, I can buy any number of different yellow & bicolored sweet corn brought in from states further south. In fact, just today picked up 1/2 a dozen lovely years of yellow "Supersweet" corn from the market. And having had them before, am already sure they'll be lovely with tomorrow's grill-out.

          Maybe you should put in a request at your local market(s), because there's really no reason for yellow corn to be unavailable.

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          1. re: Bacardi1
            Porthos May 27, 2012 04:40 PM

            Maybe you should put in a request at your local market(s),
            I'm sure that decision is based on supply and demand. They probably sell out of white corn more so they buy more white corn.

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            sandylc May 27, 2012 04:21 PM

            I would kill for some Silver Queen! We only get that tough, chewy ol' yellow stuff around here!!

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              Porthos May 27, 2012 04:45 PM

              If only we could switch places! Don't like the tough old yellow stuff though. The sweet, tender, flavorful yellow stuff is what I'm craving! ;)

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                sandylc May 27, 2012 06:48 PM

                I think the key to sweet corn enjoyment is to not overgrow it - young corn, IMO, is the best, regardless of color! Although I think white does stay more tender when overgrown.....

            2. tcamp May 27, 2012 04:24 PM

              I love most all fresh corn - white, yellow, bi-color. In my area, seems like white predominates, Silver Queen and it's siblings. In South Carolina, I always seem to find plenty of sweet, tasty yellow corn.

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