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Aunt Mary's Sweet Corn
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Aunt Mary's Sweet Corn
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Aunt Mary's
Sweet Corn

90 days — 'Aunt Mary's' six foot tall stalks produce two, eight inch long ears with eight to ten rows of deep, white, sweet, kernels.

It was introduced in the late 1930s by Lee R. Bonnewitz, a nurseryman from Van Wert, Ohio. The story goes that he went to visit his Aunt Mary in Virginia. During his visit, she served a variety of sweet corn that had been in her family for years. Mr. Bonnewitz told of it being the most delicious sweet corn he had ever tasted. He made a deal with his aunt for seed and named it in her honor.

By the early 1940s it began appearing in major seed company catalogs. In the 1940 Livingston Seed Company catalog, they described it as, "Most excellent quality having unusually high sugar and starch content. Stalks regularly bear two ears, 7 to 8-1/2 inches long and 8 to 10 rowed. Pure white, deep kernels. Highly recommended to market and roadside gardeners."

F. W. Bolgiano, in their 1948 seed annual described 'Aunt Mary's' as being, "A medium early white variety that originated many years ago at Van Wert, Ohio. Undoubtedly the sweetest and tenderest of all Sweet Corns and especially adapted for growing in home-gardens. Far surpasses all other garden varieties for canning. A thrifty grower, and the ears remain edible over a long period. May be planted as an early, medium and late variety."

Each packet contains one ounce, which is approximately 115 seeds.

- Rare and in Limited Supply for 2018 -

Informational Sources:
  1. "Improvement of Sweet Corn," Yearbook of Agriculture 1937, C. F. Poole, Cytologist, Division of Fruit and Vegetable Crops and Diseases, Bureau of Plant Industry, pages 379-394.
  2. "Seed Savers Exchange: The First Ten Years, 1975-1985," Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, Iowa, pages 144-145.
  3. "Letter from W. W. Williams of Ohio," 1981 Fall Harvest Edition, Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, Iowa, pages 23-34.
  4. "The Bonnewitz Peony Catalogue: And the Story of Aunt Nancy's and Aunt Mary's Sweet Corn," Bonnewitz Gardens (Van Wert, Ohio), 1935.
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