Its finally here, we’ve been waiting all year. It’s so great we can hardly wait. It’s sweet corn season in South Dakota.
Sweet corn, corn on the cob or candy corn? Call it what you may, sweet corn has been a long-standing tradition that dates back to early America as the first record of sweet corn involved the Native American tribe, the Iroquois, giving some to European settlers in 1779. The vegetable’s popularity soon spread throughout the American settlements.
Sweet corn seed hybrids and biotechnology have come a long way in the past centuries allowing farmers to produce more corn on less land that is also resistant to pests and disease. There are hundreds of varieties of sweet corn with new ones popping up each year. But sweet corn still represents only around 1% of the total United States corn crop each year.
Sweet corn not only tastes good but includes many health benefits, including anti-oxidants and ferulic acids that can reduce your risk of heart disease and fight cancer. It is also gluten free, low in calories and a good source of fiber.
The best part of sweet corn season is the sharing between friends, neighbors and relatives as someone’s bountiful harvest or purchase blesses many with sweet smells and smiles from those who indulge.
So boiled, canned, frozen or grilled, make sure you enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures during each and every short-lived South Dakota sweet corn season.
FYI: Attention all sweet corn fans, South Dakota Corn will be sponsoring two upcoming FREE sweet corn feeds: Dakotafest in Mitchell at 3pm on August 21st and at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron at 11am on Sunday, September 1st