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Calling All Corn Connoisseurs

By Alana Sugar, May 20, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alana Sugar

Mexican-Style CornCorn is a summer staple in my house. I can think of three favorite recipes right off the bat:

  • In my hands, hot, buttered, right off the cob!
  • Summer Corn Chowder made with tomatoes, bacon, onion and poblano peppers.
  • Summer Corn Salad with avocado, blue cheese and pine nuts.

Most people think of corn as a vegetable, but it’s really a grain. In fact, it’s a whole gain dating back to prehistoric times in Central America. The large leafy stalk produces “ears” of corn and the kernels are actually the seeds that are attached to the cob.

There are numerous varieties of corn. The field varieties are mainly used as feed for animals and humans eat the sweet varieties. Corn is popular all over the world; some popular international corn recipes include:

With corn, the possibilities are endless. Remember, leftovers can be used in appetizers, baked goods, salads and main dishes. Here are more ideas:

Got a favorite corn recipe? Let me know.

Category: Food & Recipes, Produce




Vicki Markley says ...
These are some brilliant uses for corn. I will be trying some of these.
05/20/2013 10:34:16 AM CDT
Anel says ...
So many ideas! I love corn!!
05/20/2013 2:22:50 PM CDT
Caroline Lerro says ...
You are making me hungry! I live in Italy and have two questions. 1. Do you plan to open future European locations? Hint Hint :) 2. In Italy, fresh corn on the cob is literally non existent and for this Nebraskan, that is a travesty. I wondered if you thought frozen or canned was a better alternative when fresh is not available. Thanks! Love shopping your Omaha locations when I am at home! I miss being close to your stores!
05/21/2013 10:20:32 AM CDT
Kelly says ...
Can't wait to try the one with blue cheese!
05/21/2013 7:44:12 PM CDT
Mary Silva says ...
Is the corn sold at whole foods non GMO?
05/22/2013 10:19:16 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CAROLINE - We've missed you too! Currently we have stores open in the UK area (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list/uk) but I have not heard any other plans slated for Europe. I personally prefer to use frozen corn but really either is fine and it would boil down to the recipe you are using. A lot of our recipes online will mention "frozen" if a specific type is recommended.
05/23/2013 2:53:00 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARY - Since our products differ between locations, I cannot make an overall claim for all of our products. If you are looking to avoid GMOs, seek out organic or Non-GMO Project Verified products.
05/23/2013 3:27:18 PM CDT
Wendie S says ...
Do you carry a non-gmo corn?
05/26/2013 1:16:59 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@WENDIE - Our products vary between stores. Check with your local store to see what they have in stock!
05/31/2013 12:30:27 PM CDT
scottv12000@yahoo.com says ...
I am looking for blue corn-on-the-cob. PLS LEF ME KNOW IF AND WHEN YOU STOCK THIS ITEM
06/06/2013 9:46:20 PM CDT
Eric Ross says ...
Do you ever have purple or blue corn?
06/07/2013 2:15:03 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ERIC - Our products differ between locations, check with your local store to find out if this is something they normally carry!
06/11/2013 10:28:20 AM CDT
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06/30/2013 12:39:26 PM CDT
Janie says ...
Can you tell us if the sweet corn sold at Whole Foods is non-GMO? I've been hesitant to buy any sweet corn, now that the GMO varieties are being planted and sold and it makes me sad because I LOVE it.
08/27/2013 6:55:35 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JANIE - Corn is definitely a high-risk GMO crop. Unless something with sweet corn in the ingredient list, or fresh corn in produce, is listed as organic or non-GMO verified there is really no way of knowing if it contains GMOs. Since there is not mandatory GMO labeling in the US, it's best to look for products that have gone through testing. We did announce GMO labeling for our stores so soon you will be able to know for every product.
08/28/2013 4:20:32 PM CDT
Susan says ...
Why is there not more organic corn on the cob? I love it and only see it in your stores occasionally.
07/13/2014 4:59:39 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SUSAN - Unfortunately about 88% of corn grown in the US is GMO. When organic corn is available we definitely try to sell that in our stores. You can always check with your local store to see when they will be getting more in stock!
07/14/2014 11:44:34 AM CDT
louise j meo says ...
I often shop at Whole Foods, but I've never seen organic corn on the cob. Do you sell it?
07/23/2014 3:56:38 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LOUISE - We definitely try to feature organic and local products whenever possible. I would suggest reaching out to the Produce team at your local store since buying is done by each location. You can check with them directly to see if/when they expect to have organic corn in stock.
07/23/2014 4:57:37 PM CDT
Michelle Moore says ...
Rather than participate in the corporate corruption of our food by selling GMO produce, Whole Foods should have stood firm and refused to sell it, making it clear that, while an inconvenience to shoppers, selling GMO products contradicts Whole Foods' mission. Anything else is a sell out. I'm sure Monsanto is delighted.
07/25/2014 12:25:32 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MICHELLE - Since there isn't mandatory GMO labeling regulations the reality is that we don't truly know which products contain GMOs unless they have gone through testing. This is why we will be providing GMO labels for customers so they can make an educated choice based on their personal beliefs about GMOs.
07/25/2014 2:55:11 PM CDT
Christine Ford says ...
I am trying to find somewhere to purchase purple corn in the husk for a Sangria recipe. Anyone know where I can find them?
08/21/2014 4:19:57 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CHRISTINE - Our exact products differ between stores. Check with your local store to see if they can get this in stock for you.
08/21/2014 5:42:14 PM CDT
Janet-Lee O'Connor says ...
Need a list of Non-GMO Frozen or Canned Corn
11/18/2014 6:44:14 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JANET - Our exact product options will differ between stores. Your local store should have a Non-GMO Project verified list of products on their store page on our website. You can also look for organic corn options since USDA organic products cannot contain GMOs.
11/20/2014 4:00:17 PM CST