'Bellingham Blue' Sweet Corn, local organic, Calif
Bellingham Blue sweet corn first appeared at the Annual Bellingham Seed Swap in 2009, and is thought to be descended from "Sweet Indian." The ears are a deep blue-black, with four to six small ears per stalk that are 4-7" long, that grow on very bushy 4-5' tall plants. This blue corn tastes a bit different from white or yellow sweet corns.
Bellingham Blue is an early corn. It makes a sweet, blue cornmeal that tastes great in cornbread. Stays blue even when it is sweet, fresh, or dried.
Does well inter-planted with Golden Bantam sweet corn.
The blue color comes from the aleurone layer of the kernel. It's like a thin sheet of blue cellulose located between the starchy endosperm ball and the hard outer pericarp. Genetically, blue corn means a white endosperm + a blue aleurone + a clear pericarp.
Grown by Shaman Don at NightShade urban farm.