Pencil Cob Dent Corn
'Pencil Cob' corn.

Pencil Cob Dent Corn

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Old "shoe peg type" dent corn. Very tasty as a roasting & creaming ear.
Pencil Cob
Dent Corn

75 to 100 days — Although now relatively rare, this old "shoe peg type" dent corn variety is an heirloom variety from the Southern United Stated that pre-dates 1900. 'Pencil Cob' is a very flavorful roasting ear corn variety, or picked in its early milk stage at about 75 days, it is used for frying or creaming. Since most field corn varieties have low sugar content, try adding a little sugar when creaming. 'Pencil Cob' is also useful as wildlife and livestock feed.

The plants grow five to six feet tall and produce two to three ears per stalk. As seen in the picture, it gets its name from the fact that the cobs are not much bigger in diameter than a pencil. Although most merchants simply state that it is a white corn, the color of the kernels are actually a dull or drab white color with a yellowish hue, and tips that pick up a reddish tinge from the cob's coloring. 'Pencil Cob' withstands dry weather spells well. Each ounce is approximately 110 seeds.
Planted this in the garden spring of 2015. I thought this would be something interesting to compare to the common field corn varieties that we grow on the farm. Germination was lower than expected even though it was planted into optimal conditions, have noticed a similar problem with other kinds of seed from other companies, unsure if it was exposed to something in transit or not, as everything else ordered with this corn grew great. Worth a try however, this variety will produce multiple ears when it has low competition with other plants when grown in soils with enough fertility. It lives up to its name, the cobs are very small compared to other corns, even popcorns.
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