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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Big Daddy's Yellow Dent Corn
Family heirloom. Multi-purpose for roasting, frying, creaming, meal and feed.
$2.95
Bloody Butcher Corn
The kernels are striped red or dark red on pink to red cobs.
$2.95
Blue Clarage Dent Corn
Early 1800s heirloom from the Ohio-West Virginia area of the Appalachian Mountains; 8-10 inch ears with purple and white kernels.
$3.25
Calhoun Creek Red Dent Corn
Beautiful, deep purple (almost black) kernels that are rich in the antioxidant, Anthocyanin.
$3.25
Earth Tones Dent Corn
Earth-tone colors that include shades of gold, bronze, mauve, pink, green, browns, blues and many shades in between.
$2.95
Green & Gold Dent Corn
Quite unique. Popular with fans of John Deere tractors and the Green Bay Packers.
$2.95
Mosby Prolific Dent Corn
Large, white, rare dent corn variety from the 19th Century.
$2.75
Nothstine Dent Corn
Early maturing dent corn; grinds into a nice, sweet and tasty, yellow cornmeal and flour.
$3.25
Oaxacan Green Dent
A rare color for corn kernels, as the name suggests, these ears are shades of green.
$2.95
Reid's Yellow Dent Corn
Big ears of large yellow kernels. Mainly used for flour, meal, and feed.
$2.75
Robert Choate's White Dent Corn
Family heirloom. Multi-purpose for roasting, frying, creaming, meal and feed.
$2.95
Trucker's Favorite Corn
Tender, sweet white kernels making it a favorite roasting corn.
$2.75

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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