What is baby corn?

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Baby corn (aka miniature corn) is exactly what you’d think from the name – immature, un-pollinated sweet corn.

Though the baby corn you find for sale in stores (usually canned or pickled & canned) is usually one of a few yellow corn varieties selected for their particularly high sugar content, they aren’t a special variety of “dwarf” corn.  If nature was allowed to take its course (and the ears pollinated) baby corn would grow into full size, normal ears of corn.

According to food science tome “On Food & Cooking,” baby corn’s sugar content is often between 2-3% at time of harvest, and the practice of harvesting baby corn was first developed in Taiwan, then improved in Thailand.

– Question Submitted by Tara S.

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