Hjerleid Blue Corn Seeds, Organic

Hjerleid Blue Corn Seeds, Organic

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Hjerleid Blue Corn Seeds, Organic

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This mid-season-maturing corn topped the list when Seed Savers Exchange staff ranked a dozen corn varieties for flavor in 2018! The ears of this white sweet corn turn a striking dark blue at maturity but are most flavorful (and have tender kernels) when just slightly blue in color. Seed Savers Exchange received this variety from Marvin Gonitzke, who in turn received it from Eugene Hjerleid, a coworker at Johnson Printing in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. This corn was grown since at least the early 1940s in Blair, Wisconsin, by Eugene’s grandfather, Ludwig Hjerleid.

  • 100 days
  • Organic
  • Plants grow 4 - 6 feet tall and bears ears reaching 4 - 6 inches long
  • Ideal for freezing and fresh eating
  • Sweet corn

This variety works for:

  • Fresh eating
  • Freezing

Gardeners familiar with hybrid sweet corn may need to adjust their palates to the savory, rich flavor of heirloom sweet corns. Nevertheless, these ears are delicious boiled or grilled with butter and salt.

Try adding fresh dill, cilantro, lime, cracked black or white pepper, or chili flakes to your corn.

Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors 1” deep after danger of frost has passed. For good pollination and full ears, plant in blocks of 3-6 rows instead of one long row. Thin seedlings to 8” apart. Corn is a heavy feeder and does best in well-drained, fertile soil with plenty of water.

  • Direct Seed: 4" Apart
  • Germination: 4-21 Days
  • Rows Apart: 36-48"
  • Light: Full Sun