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Sweet Corn

Originally written by Kimberly Cripps , former SDSU Extension Family & Community Health Field Specialist, with contributions by Megan Erickson, former SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist, and Hope Kleine, former SDSU Extension Health Education Field Specialist.

Pick it!

  • Choose green, tightly folded husks covering the kernels, which should squirt a milky sap when popped.
  • Kernels gold or white in color and square shaped.
  • The hairy silk should be very pale white with dry brown ends.
  • Storing warm decreases the sweetness. Refrigerate in perforated plastic bag.
  • Use within 1-2 days. Leave the husk on until just before cooking.
  • Cook close to harvest. Keep the husk on until ready to cook.
  • Usually boiled, also steamed, grilled, roasted or microwaved.

Try it!

  • Shuck before cooking by pulling the husks down the ear and breaking at the stem. Run cold water over the ear and rub the silk off.
  • Avoid salting during cooking as it toughens the kernels.
  • You may remove the corn from the cob using a paring knife, cut from top to bottom with the ear propped on a plate.

Like it! Boiled Corn on the Cob with Dried Herb Butter


  • As many ears of corn as desired to eat
  • 4 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 cup butter


  1. Mix paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, salt, and thyme in a bowl.
  2. Add butter into spices and mix evenly.
  3. Remove husks and silks of the corn and wash it.
  4. Drop the corn into boiling water. Boil for 4 minutes.
  5. Spread herb butter on corn.

Yield: 8 servings

Nutrition Facts per Serving: Calories 270; Fat 15g; Cholesterol 30mg; Sodium 990mg; Carbohydrates 29g; Fiber 9g; Sugar 10g; Protein 6g

Program Materials

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