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Corn, Painted Mountain

Corn, Painted Mountain

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Zea mays

Incredibly beautiful and diverse rainbow of colors in an early-maturing flour corn!

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.

Most recently, this corn has been the life's work of Dave Christensen in Montana, who for over 40 years has been selecting these ears out of an original pool of 70 unique strains to reliably mature at over 5,000' elevation! It's the earliest maturing flour corn in North America. A small backyard patch will keep you in polenta and tortillas all winter, as well as delighting the huskers with a dazzling rainbow of brilliant kernels--every ear a surprise! OP

Seeds grown by Dave Christensen in Big Timber, Montana and Earthly Delights Farm in Boise, Idaho.

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.

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