Unfortunately, corn isn't one of those super foods that's packed with so many nutrients that it makes nutritionists' Top 100 lists, and that lies more in the fact that it is packed with starch. Like the starch in potatoes, the starch in corn quickly becomes sugar in the digestive process, and is responsible for spiking blood glucose levels. That being said, it is important to note that there really are no bad vegetables. Corn does have vitamins C and A, good amounts of B-vitamnis, potassium, magnesium and iron. It may not be a nutrition superstar, but like anything, used in moderation, corn can still be part of a healthy diet.
Normally, we think of fruits as being the candy of the healthy eating world... but corn is a vegetable that deserves that status as well. Each plump, light yellow kernel is packed with sweetness and literally pops in your mouth when it is fresh in from the field and when its kernels are not too ripe and over mature. This week's corn that I took home to my family from the market was perfect!
|Peaches & Cream corn is one of my favourites, with its tasty, |
sweet and distinctive cream and yellow coloured kernels.
Corn season is always far too short! Blink, and you'll miss out on one of the best reasons to head to a farmers' market for your table!
corn on the cob with chill lime butter
|The lime juice is tricky to stir in, but keep working it!|
|By using jalepeños that are thick walled and juicy, you will|
cut the spiciness of this recipe down so that even the
pickiest of eaters will enjoy its crunch and taste.
1/4c. butter, softened
1 Tbsp. finely minced shallots or chives
1 tsp. minced Thai or serano chili peppers (or jalepeño, if you don't like too much heat), including the seeds
1 tsp. finely grated lime zest
2 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 tsp. sea salt
4 ears of corn, husked and cleaned
In a bowl, combine the butter, shallot or chives, chill, lime zest, lime juice and salt. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour before using. (Make ahead: Place butter in plastic wrap and roll into a log and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to 3 months.)
|Spicy peppers come in all levels of heat|
from mild to searingly hot
- Riverbend Gardens, Dargatz Family Farm and the Holden Colony have heaps of corn cobs fresh in from their farm fields.
- spicy peppers can be found at Dargtaz Family Farm and S4 Greenhouses
Nutritional information from The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., and The Greengrocer's Kitchen, by Pete Luckett
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Contributed by Sheri Hendsbee