Fresh corn is starting to appear in tall piles at the grocery stores and Farmer’s Markets – that means summer it here! With all the talk about high-fructose corn syrup and the prevalence of corn in our diet, corn has gotten a bad rap in the last couple years. But while it’s true we get far too many corn-related products in our diet, 99% of that comes in the form of processed foods. Eating fresh corn from the cob is not only one of the great joys of summer but will actually give you a ton of nutrients. And pulling all of those silky hairs from fresh corn is a great job for your little ones in the kitchen!
We love the sweet white corn for cutting off the cob and eating raw, and the crunchy yellow corn for grilling and cooking. Here’s why we can’t get enough of this seasonal superstar:
- TASTE & TEXTURE – Fresh corn is one of those rare veggies that delivers a crunchy and a creamy texture at the same time. Particularly when eaten raw, the satisfying snap of fresh corn is followed by the creamy, sweet center of the kernel. Corn is also such a versatile veggies – great raw, steamed, sautéed or grilled.
- NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS – Did you know 1 cup of corn kernels has 25% of your daily value of Vitamin B1? That’s the Vitamin B that’s good for your memory and brain health, so eat up! It’s also high in folate and vitamin C and is a great way to increase your dietary fiber.
- COOKING TIP – It’s hard to pick just one favorite way to use this versatile veggie. Certainly one of the most popular ways to eat this summer beauty is grilled. While you can grill it with or without the husk, we like it best with the husked removed, brushed with a little olive oil and grilled until some of the kernels pick up that lovely grilled color and flavor. Nothing more than a sprinkle of salt and pepper is needed! But if you’re after an off-the-cob recipe where the corn is really the star, try our Italian Style Corn – the kids are going to love this one!
ITALIAN STYLE CORN with BASIL, LEMON & FRESH PARMESAN
serves 4 adults
5 ears of corn on the cob
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/3 cup chopped basil
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
salt and pepper
Cut the corn off the cob.
Heat a large skillet over high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil.
Add the corn and cook for a couple minutes until the corn is warm.
Add the basil and cheese and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
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