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Parching Corn (page 5 of 5)

by Carol Deppe

The 8 Best Varieties of Parching Corn

'Hopi Pink' grows about 6 feet tall, producing 12-inch ears with 14 to 18 rows of red, white, and pink kernels. This variety, available only from Native Seeds/Search, is different from other strains sold under the same name.
Days to maturity: 100.
Source: Native Seeds/Search.

'Parching Lavender Mandan', a variety from the USDA corn collection, grows 4 feet tall and produces 6-inch ears with 8 to 12 rows of pale purple kernels. Space plants widely, and they will produce several ear-bearing side shoots (tillers).
Days to maturity: 80.
Source: Abundant Life Seed Foundation.

'Parching Red Mandan' grows 4 feet tall and produces 6-inch ears with 8 to 12 rows of kernels. Ears are various shades of red and orange, though a few are white or yellow. Plants develop many productive tillers. Note that this variety, from the USDA corn collection through Seed Savers Exchange, is not the same as 'Red Mandan' flour corn.
Days to maturity: 80.
Source: Abundant Life Seed Foundation.

'Hopi Chinmark' grows 5 feet tall and produces 10-inch ears with 12 to 14 rows of red, orange, and white kernels.
Days to maturity: 100.
Source: Native Seeds/Search.

'Aztec Red', a 10-foot-tall Mexican variety, produces 12-inch ears with 10 to 12 rows of purple kernels. Space plants widely to allow room for tillers because the tassel-bearing tillers are essential for pollinating.
Days to maturity: 140.
Source: Redwood City Seed Company.

'Supai Red' grows 7 feet tall and produces 10-inch ears with 12 to 16 rows of red, orange, and white kernels. Ears are produced only on the main stalk. This variety was bred by Alan Kapuler and the author from Hopi strains.
Days to maturity: 100.
Source: Seeds of Change.

'Parching Black Cherry' grows 4 feet tall and produces 8-inch ears with 8 to 12 rows of very dark red kernels. This variety, from the USDA corn collection, will be available in the fall of 1997.
Days to maturity: 100.
Source: Seeds of Change.

'Parching Magenta', bred by Alan Kapuler and the author from Hopi strains, grows 5 feet tall and produces 6-inch ears with 12 to 14 rows of purple to magenta kernels. Space plants widely, and they will produce many ear-bearing tillers.
Days to maturity: 90.
Source: Seeds of Change.

Carol Deppe, Ph.D., writes, gardens, and breeds vegetables in Corvallis, Oregon. She's the author of Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving (Chelsea Green, December 2000; $28).

Photography by Suzanne DeJohn/National Gardening Association.

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