This year we tested an original variety in our vegetable garden: corn strawberry popcorn. Autumn has tipped its nose and the corn-strawberry spikes are growing up! Now is the time to harvest and taste.
Strawberry-corn-popcorn, an original variety in the vegetable garden:
Strawberry Popcorn (Zea mays ‘Red Strawberry’) is an original variety, decorative with beautiful little ears with red grains. It is easy to grow in the vegetable garden and requires little maintenance with regular watering. In the spring we sowed 2-3 seeds in bags 40 cm apart in the open ground in a sunny spot, with a distance of 70 cm between the rows. It is necessary to have several plants to facilitate pollination.
Once the seeds germinated, we kept the prettiest plant in the bag. When the seedlings have reached about 20 cm, we put a small stick in it. After a few months of patience we had beautiful ears of corn in our vegetable garden. Once the silk starts to turn brown, this is a sign that the ears are ready to be harvested. On a corn strawberry popcorn plant, we harvested about 5-6 cobs. After the harvest, it’s time to taste!
Recipe: How to Make Homemade Sweet Popcorn:
After harvesting your corn strawberry popcorn cobs, it is necessary to dry your cobs by hanging them in a dry and ventilated place for at least 2 weeks. This step is essential to remove the moisture and obtain popcorn. Now that your cobs are dry, pick the red kernels. You can then make your homemade popcorn, here is our recipe:
1) Melt butter in a pan and then add your grains. Stir well to soak all the butter granules. Then cover the pan and let the grains pop.
2) Then add sugar and mix. You can now taste. A little tip: taste them warm, it’s even better! Nice tasting. The recipe can also be made in a savory version.
As a landscape architect and geographer by training, I am passionate about the plant world and its countless curiosities. Founder of the Rexania blog and activist for gardening in harmony with nature, I am also an Alsatian gardener, ardent defender of ancient, free and reproducible varieties.