Glass Gem Popcorn
One example of 'Glass Gem' corn kernels.

Glass Gem Popcorn

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Glass Gem Certified Naturally Grown Seed

105 days — 'Glass Gem' is an amazingly beautiful, translucent, multicolored corn. Although the photos that went viral on the internet were awesome, they do not do justice to actually seeing an ear in your own hand! The colors that it displays are rare in the plant world, let alone all contained upon a single ear of corn. When you peel back the husk on a dried ear while standing in the sun, you will be absolutely amazed. The kernels shimmer and shine like gemstones. And you never know what to expect. Every ear displays a seemingly unlimited variation and combination of colors.

Aside from its "presentation," 'Glass Gem' was spectacular for other reasons. The stalks are sturdy, healthy, and erect reaching up to about ten feet in height. In spite of this, in the high winds that we typically receive here on our farm in the early fall, it stood. It is also very productive. Home garden yields of fifteen to twenty pounds of kernels from fifty plants is possible.

As a result of its complex parentage, 'Glass Gem' has a very diverse genetic makeup. Along with its color variations, it exhibits a spectrum of flint and popping corn characteristics. Although folks are primarily growing it for the unique ornamental value, it can be popped or it can be ground into cornmeal or flour.

In regards to popping, it cannot be compared with the modern hybrid varieties used in the popcorn brands that you buy at the grocery store. Those brands produce big, fluffy pieces that approximate the flavor and texture of a piece of packing material. The kernels of 'Glass Gem' on the other hand, are small, crispy, and packed with corn flavor. And the kernels that don't pop . . . don't throw them away! We have found that the majority of those are awesome tasting parched corn.

'Glass Gem' is just one of the many rare maize varieties that the late Carl Barnes worked to collect, breed and protect. According to Greg Schoen (Carl's successor in the work), 'Glass Gem' is the result of crossing Pawnee miniature corn varieties with an Osage red flour corn and another Osage variety called 'Greyhorse.' We are so thankful that they released it for all of us to enjoy!

Each 0.5 ounce is approximately 100 seeds.
Planted this corn for fun. The spectacular colors were too much for me to pass up. Corn grew great even in the blistering west Texas heat. Everyone is amazed.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Kerrville, TX. on 6/30/2016
Full-bodied flavor ... mmm so yummy.
I grew this corn in 2014 and it was prolific!!! I still have some and it has preserved beautifully. I left it on the cobs, hanging on the kitchen wall, so beautiful, and took it from the cob as I ground it for cornbread, etc. The full-bodied flavor is as if I had grown it last season. I rolled some fish in it today ... mmm so yummy. Thank you for offering this "gem."
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from NEWBERG. on 6/27/2017
Gorgeous! I grew a couple of small areas this year, but am planning on a much bigger garden next year. My class gem corn will definitely have its own plot.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Pampa, TX. on 10/20/2017
Great corn
Glass Gem is stunningly beautiful, and in my northern garden grows reliably. While I let mine get too dry to pop well hanging around as decoration, I did grind some up to use in corn meal muffins, and found them delightful.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Maidstone, VT. on 1/9/2018
I only grew a small garden of this but next year much more ... The beauty of the ears is amazing ... totally worth growing.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from North Carolina. on 8/23/2016
The most beautiful corn I've ever seen.
Ok, so I bought these on a whim and I'm a sucker for unique plants. They all sprouted this spring and made the most beautiful corn I've ever seen. I gave a bunch away to friends who all were amazed by the colors and are using it for fall decorating. I wasn't able to get the kernels to pop well but the taste was still fantastic. I can't say enough about how great this rare and interesting variety is. Can't wait to plant an even larger block next year.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Kentucky . on 9/30/2015
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