Flint & Flour 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.

Flint corn typically has hard seed coats that with rounded, smooth, kernels consisting of soft starch covered by horny starch[1]. Many "Indian corn" types are flint type. They are well suited for making good quality corn meal or ground and used for livestock feed.

Flour corn is composed almost completely of soft starch with thin seed coats. Kernels are round and smooth like flint corns. In these modern times, they are primarily used for making corn flour. Historically, flour corn was also raised and used for parching. Parching is a process whereby the kernels are gently roasted until they slightly expand, the seed coat splits and the kernels become soft. Parched corn was used as a snack or trail provision and could last several months if stored properly.

You can parch just about any flour corn variety but some are better suited than others. White and yellow varieties are typically the least flavorful parched. Try using the more colorful varieties as then tend to be neither bland nor strong tasting. Many are sweet with flavors that develop further as they are chewed.

For planting information and tips, click here. For seed saving information, click here. For more information about maize, click here.

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Floriani Red Flint Corn<br><b>SOLD OUT until 2022</b>
The staple polenta corn for the Valsugana Valley near Trento, Italy.
Glass Gem Popcorn
Absolutely amazing! The translucent, multicolored kernels shimmer and shine like gemstones.
Hickory King White Dent Corn
Ears are 7-8 inches long with 10-12 rows of large white kernels.
Indian Ornamental (aka Rainbow) Flour Corn
An old flour corn variety, its great colors are perfect for drying and using ornamentally.
Painted Mountain Flour Corn<br><b>SOLD OUT for 2021</b>
An extremely hardy, nutritious, and beautiful dual purpose, ornamental flour corn variety.
Petmecky Flint / Flour Corn<br><b>SOLD OUT Until we can find a grower.</b>
A very old Texas family heirloom grain corn with Native American roots. Beautiful and tasty.

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