Floriani Red Flint Corn
'Floriani Red' flint corn.

Floriani Red Flint Corn

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Floriani Red Flint Certified Naturally Grown Seed


95 to 100 days — The stalks are sturdy and reach ten feet in height. The ears are six to seven inches long with twelve to sixteen rows of medium to deep-red colored kernels that are lightly yellow-tipped and slightly pointed. It is a very versatile and tasty corn.

While we were exhibiting the 2012 Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington, then editor of the magazine, Cheryl Long, told us about this variety.  During the conversation she made an interesting point that although corn is native to the "New World," and by far the largest commercial crop grown here, modern people do not eat real corn anymore. "You can't even really buy good corn meal in the grocery store," she said. "There is no selection; Just generic 'corn meal' with no hope of knowing what variety you are eating or how long ago it was ground."

I have to admit that she sold me on the idea that everyone, from a small gardener to a homesteader, should be eating grain that they grew, harvested and processed themselves, with corn included at the top of the list. Cheryl and her sister both sent me seed and we started growing it. 

'Floriani Red Flint' was named by William Rubel after his Italian friends who grow it and generously shared their seeds. Adapted over the centuries, through selection, by the Alpine farmers who ate it themselves, it became the staple polenta corn of the people living in the Valsugana Valley near the city of Trento, in Italy.

Along with being used for making polenta or grits, it can also be used to make an amazing corn bread or in any other recipe calling for corn meal.  A friend of mine asked me if it popped.  So I did an experiment (see picture above) and learned that it makes an awesome tasting parched corn.

Check out the "More Information" tab above for informational links and recipes. Each ounce is approximately 100 to 110 seeds.
Little Gems
I sow seeded these little gems right into my garden, they grew like a weed, they topped off at about 7feet tall with one good ear per stalk. This corn is by far my favorite to pop. These little red kernels pop into tender, and low hull bits of popcorn
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Reviewed by:  from Beecher, IL. on 2/22/2015
5/5
WOW, these really came up fast.
I have a 20 by 30 foot home garden. I used drip tape, with emitters on one foot centers, and watered for an hour before planting. I used the "wet spot" to locate the seeds, then covered them with four inches of loose soil. I planted on Mother's Day (which is customarily our time to plant), and they were out of the ground less than six days later. I planted 80 seeds, and I only had to replant three of them. I can't wait to see the finished corn.
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Reviewed by:  from Albuquerque, New Mexico. on 5/29/2017
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