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When To Pick Corn?

i am a gardening newbie, i planted lots of sweet corn this spring from seed, i am getting corn cobs starting to grow, i can definitely see them growing with the "hair" out of them,

right now they are about 4-6 inches long, just wondering how i can tell when they are ready to pick and eat?....i realize it will not be for awhile, but i have no idea how to tell??


  • Ryan180680Ryan180680 Posts: 201

    I've done the same thing this year and mine are roughly the same size as yours so it would also be good to know

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,104

    The tassels on the cobs will turn brown and go dry but silky as they ripen.   You can then peel back a little of the skin and test a kernel with a thumbnail.   When ripe, it will produce a milky, translucent juice that is neither clear not too opaque.

    Make sure you have a pan of boiling water on before you pick them so they can go straight in the pot.  The minute they are picked the sugars turn to starch.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    I always cook mine in the microwave.  Peel back the leaves, remove the silk and some of the leaves. Re-wrap. You can cook several at a time  Very quick and doesn't involve pans of boiling water.

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