Seasonal Corn - Shopping & Cookingaka maize.
Bicolor (white and yellow kernels), aka Butter & Sugar corn, is at markets right now. There's also Silver Queen (white kernels), Golden (yellow kernels), and Red (ruby-tipped sweet kernels).
Look for: Corn in the husk. Plump, evenly spaced, shaped and colored rows. Husk should be bright green and 'snug'. Avoid pre-husked corn, or corn with flattened, tightly packed kernels.
Don't worry about a corn worm at the top. They're common in sweet organic corn near the end of the season. Just cut off the tip after purchase.
Storage: Refrigerate in a plastic bag. Remove husks right before cooking.
Easiest way to cook corn: Boil a pot of salted water. Turn off heat, immediately put corn in, and cover. Wait 5 or 10 minutes and enjoy.
Gourmet/Bon Appetit Recipes
- Stuffed squash blossoms w/ mozzarella & sweet corn served over chick-pea & tomato salad -- Ross Browne at Absinthe
- Sautéed sea scallops sweet corn agnolotti, English peas, black truffle butter -- Steven and Mitchell Rosenthal at Postrio
- Risotto w/ California porcini mushrooms, rocket (aka arugula), brentwood corn & reggiano -- Peter Erickson at 1550 Hyde Café & Wine Bar
- Peach Ginger Financier w/ blackberry compote, sweet corn ice cream -- Nicole Krasinki at Rubicon