Dent Corn (Maize) Varieties
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In Native American lore, maize (or corn as it is commonly called in the U.S.) was one of the "three sisters." Corn seed, along with beans and squash, were planted and grown together, supporting each other in their life cycle and providing a very balanced diet of carbohydrates, proteins and vegetable fats to their cultivators.

Dent corn has hard, "flinty" sides composed of horny starch[1], with soft starchy tops and cores that allow the ends to collapse or "dent" when the corn dries. Varieties of dent corn are the most widely grown types in the United States and used for oils, syrups, grits, meals, flours, bio-fuel, silage, and livestock feed.

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Bloody Butcher Dent Corn
The kernels are striped red or dark red on pink to red cobs.
Boone County White Dent Corn
Large (10-12-inch) ears with 18-24 rows of pure white kernels.
Green & Gold Dent Corn
Quite unique. Popular with fans of John Deere tractors and the Green Bay Packers.
Hickory King White Dent Corn
Ears are 7-8 inches long with 10-12 rows of large white kernels.
Lancaster Surecrop Dent Corn
Ears are 9-11 inches long with 16-18 rows of large, yellow, dent kernels. Selected for earliness, disease resistance, ease of harvest & uniformity.
Mosby Prolific White Dent Corn
Large, white, rare dent corn variety from the 19th Century.
Oaxacan Green Dent<br><b>SOLD OUT</b>
A rare color for corn kernels, as the name suggests, these ears are shades of green.
Pencil Cob Dent Corn
Old "shoe peg type" dent corn. Very tasty as a roasting & creaming ear.
Reid's Yellow Dent Corn
A very old heirloom dent corn variety. Big ears of large yellow kernels. Mainly used for flour, meal, and feed.
Silver King White Dent Corn
Ears grow 8-9 inches long and have 16 rows of white kernels.
Silvermine White Dent Corn
Ears are 9-inches long with 14-16 rows of large, white kernels.
Trucker's Favorite White Dent Corn
Tender, sweet white kernels making it a favorite roasting corn.
Trucker's Favorite Yellow Dent Corn
Tender, sweet yellow kernels making it a favorite for roasting or creaming corn.

Informational Reference:

[1] The horny starch is found on the back and sides of the grain lying next below the horny gluten. It does not consist of pure starch but contains considerable amounts of other substances, especially protein. In an examination of the grain with the unaided eye, the horny glutenous part and the horny starchy part are not readily distinguished from each other, the line between them being somewhat indefinite and indistinct. Together they constitute the horny part of the grain.

Source:  "Maize: Its History, Cultivation, Handling, and Uses . . ." by Joseph Burtt-Davy, page 661, 1914.

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