My sweetcorn went mad this year and when I was tired of corn on the cob I made sweetcorn relish, put it in jars and promptly forgot about it. This week I decided to try some and it's stunning. Here's the recipe in case you want to try it next year (from thechipmonk.wordpress.com/category/fast-food/). I added mustard seeds to mine and brown sugar instead of white.
1 tsp vegetable oil Half a small onion, finely chopped 1 small red chilli, finely chopped 1 large can of good-quality, firm sweetcorn 50ml cider vinegar 25g caster sugar Half a teaspoon of salt 1 tablespoon of chopped coriander
1. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Cook the onion for a few minutes until softened. Stir in the remaining ingredients (except the coriander) with ½ tsp salt.
2. Allow to come to the boil, then cook for 3-5 mins until the sauce coats the kernels.
3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely, and then chill in the fridge. Stir in the coriander
Post by Stuart@AmericaLane on Nov 21, 2016 20:00:14 GMT
If only I had grown some sweetcorn
Still your post has got me to thinking I should try growing some next year. Looking at other plots they seem to do well. To be honest I'm not a massive fan, I can take it or leave it, but I hear they are one of the crops that taste far better if grown yourself and eaten fresh from the plot.
Yes it's much better home grown. The only catch is you have to grow it in blocks for pollination so it takes up loads of space.
I have grown F1 swift for the last two years and found it to be very juicy and sweet. Next year just for fun I've ordered Mexican giant from Real Seeds. I tried minipop too but found it very hard and mealy even when cooked like babycorn.....maybe it's how I grew it.
You can maximise your space by using the '3 sisters' system - the 'sisters' being corn, any squash or courgette and any climbing bean.
The squash are heavy feeders but provide ground cover to prevent unnecessary water loss and suppress weeds.
The beans fix nitrogen in the soil for the squash to feed on but need support.
The corn provides support for the beans.
It looks a mess come harvest time but I've done this for two years and had bumper crops. I learnt it off a fellow allotment holder.
hello laura looked at the real seed company web site but couldnt find the sweet corn you recommended. would like to try some. i have been told that the drawback to south american sweet corn is that it is late matureing another way to grow runner beans which i have used for many years is to plant your beans against the pole in the usual way then when they get going plant another batch of plants round each pole. the second planting or sowing will follow the first up the stick, giving two crops for the price of one.