Corn Seeds - Haudenosaunee Black
- Seed Count: 20 Seeds
- Maturity Date: 85-95 Days from Planting/Transplanting
- Dark Purple to Black Kernels at Maturity
- Historically Cherished by the Haudenosaunee
- Versatile Culinary and Medicinal Uses
The Haudenosaunee Black Sweet Corn is not just a corn variety; it's a symbol of resilience, culture, and historical significance. Historically cherished among the Haudenosaunee, this corn variety has seen its share of identity changes over the years. Seed catalogs from the late 1700s and early 1800s might have mentioned it as Tuscarora Black.
In recent years, the corn has witnessed a revival, driven by Haudenosaunee chefs and agriculturalists who recognize its unique properties and the need to preserve their culinary heritage. Its resurgence is not just a nod to its rich flavor but also a tribute to the generations that held its cultivation dear.
Its versatile nature makes it a treasured addition to the Haudenosaunee culinary repertoire. When young, its kernels are white and can be enjoyed in their milk stage. As it matures, it transforms into a mesmerizing shade of dark purple to black. This matured corn is ground into a richly hued cornmeal, perfect for baking and cooking. Its role doesn't end in the kitchen. Historically, it has been revered for its medicinal properties, treating various ailments. Furthermore, it finds its place in traditional soups, including the revered three sister soups.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions:
For successful growth, the seeds should be sown 1 inch deep, spaced 8-12 inches apart, in rows 24-36 inches apart. It thrives in full sunlight and prefers fertile, well-draining soil. Regular watering, especially during its kernel development stage, is essential to produce robust, flavorful corn.