Anasazi Sweet Corn
Ancient variety, reputed to be from seeds found in Anasazi ruins. Possibly the oldest sweet corn still in existence. This southwestern land race heirloom is drought-resistant and doesn’t require the extreme fertility and weed-free conditions needed by many modern corns. Likes warmth. 7-8’ plants with 2 multicolored ears, 7” long. Grown by Jonathan Spero, who writes "Anasazi is a true land race variety, variable in many ways. Ear length and diameter, degree of sweetness, color combinations, and plant height all vary. In older times, variability was highly desired... People wanted corn that produced food come wet or dry, hot or cold, and with a minimum of added inputs."
Be aware that the supersweet corns in the supermarket are hybrids. Open-pollinated "Heirloom" corns have a more complex flavor, not so sugary, and a shorter shelf life. For the best eating, watch the ears carefully. When the juice in the kernels is clear, the corn is not ready. When it gets milky, the corn is ready to eat. Pick while juice is milky, not yet pasty. Cook as fast as you can after picking.