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Jun 27, 2012 08:57 PM

White or Yellow?

What is everyone's preference for "sweet" corn? I grew up on white and still think it's great; sweet and tender. I have read that the northern half of the country likes yellow and the southern half likes white -

So, US CHers, north or south, white or yellow?

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    1. I think corn should be yellow, but I wouldn't turn down an ear of white. When I make cornbread, I use the yellow cornmeal, out of habit, I suppose, as I grew up in Orange county, California.

      1. Silver Queen is considered the "best" corn in NJ. It's a hybrid with white kernels. Personally, in August and September, I'll take whichever corn is most recently picked as that is a far better indicator of sweetness for our local corn than the color of the kernels.

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        1. re: MGZ

          tru dat. In addition, white and North.

          1. re: MGZ

            That's a big 10-4 on the Silver Queen, MGZ, although I'm with you on fresh fresh fresh over color.

            1. re: MGZ

              Silver Queen fan here too, all my life. I'm (obviously) in Central PA, but always got the best on Summer vacations on the DelMarVa peninsula - MD's Eastern Shore.... total sacrilege for a Lancaster Co. girl to admit, but it is what it is. Maybe we were just more likely to get "picked that morning" corn there, but I'm pretty sure I always buy "picked that morning" corn, generally along the side of the road somewhere.

            2. Neither - As long as I can remember, the bicolored (butter & sugar, honey & cream or sugar & gold) tend to be far superior to yellow or white. Here in NE, it's actually difficult to find anything but the bicolored. The best, of course, is cooked within hours (minutes?) of being picked.

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              1. re: Clams047

                I like the bicolored too and buy it whenever possible. But white corn, generally silver queen, is the standard for sweet corn here (mid-Atlantic). Agree with MGZ that freshest is best, no matter the color.

                1. re: Clams047

                  I was going to say the same: bicolored corn is my favorite, and what I grew up on in Colorado.

                  1. re: Clams047

                    It's tough to find anything other than bi-coloured in Nova Scotia either. It's yummy though.

                  2. i grew up in upstate NY, prefer bicolor. DH is from DE, prefers silver queen when we can find it, or white.