Jenifer has finished pulling and shucking our Dynamite popcorn, Pungo Creek Butcher, Virginia gourdseed corn, Reid’s Yellow Dent and is now working on the big patch of Bloody Butcher corn.
Not to be outdone, I have been pulling and shucking corn at work. I planted different varieties than I planted at home – Dwayne Morgan’s Kentucky Butcher and Cherokee Long Ear Small popcorn to spread around more biodiversity.
Pulling back the shucks on such diverse, beautiful corn is like opening a present with each ear. You don’t know what color it will be until you open it.
Even with Bloody Butcher corn, which is predominantly a red corn, the shades of red can run from a dark maroon to an almost orange color. And there are always a few ears of Bloody Butcher that are white and blue with no red kernels at all.
Pungo Creek Butcher and Dwayne Morgan’s Kentucky Butcher are regional selections of seed taken from Bloody Butcher corn seed stock.
I suspect to get more blue and other hues into the corn plus the farmers probably lived in an area with poor cellphone coverage and had to find something to do with their hands if they couldn’t text.…
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield; email@example.com.
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