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Corn, Rainbow Jewel Pop

Corn, Rainbow Jewel Pop

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The story of corn and people is a beautiful one of co-creation. Thousands of years ago, Indigenous people in modern day Central America worked side-by-side with a wild grass named Teosinte until it became what we know as maize, or corn. From there, it traveled north and south all over the Western hemisphere along trade routes, and hundreds of different indigenous groups adapted it for their unique place on earth, where it shaped their diets and cultures. For thousands of years, Native communities have cared for their maize despite colonizers trying to separate them from it in order to control them. Both the corn and the corn stewards have survived, and it is through the generosity of both of them that we have the gift of corn today.

This variety of corn is very special because it has only recently become a reality by the incredible and hard work of Wayne Marshall. After selecting Glass Gem Corn for 7 years for its ability to pop better and its overall charisma, Wayne chose to cross it with a white popcorn with desirable traits. The white popcorn was also chosen because it carries the “popcorn gene” which should allow it to only be pollinated by other corn with said gene and thus decrease opportunities for contamination. This past year, Wayne grew the seed out and the result became this new, fabulous variety he aptly named Rainbow Jewel Popcorn. This variety grows taller than its relative the Glass Gem and has already proved to have both better yields and larger ears of corn. Wayne says “It pops well and tastes very good!”

Seeds bred and grown by Wayne Marshall of Banbury Farms in Buhl, ID.

70 seeds.

Directions: Direct seed after last frost. Corn is wind pollinated and should be planted in at least 4'x4' blocks to achieve full cobs. Harvest when cobs have dried completely on plant.

Planting Depth

Seed Spacing

Days to Germination

Days to Maturity

1-2”

12”

5-14

120