31 Aug '13, 3pm

Crazy Creative Corn: #Creativity #Heritage #Maze #NativeAmerican #Food #Science #Agriculture

Actually, ‘Glass Gems’ was just one of the handy names I gave the different corn that appeared, to help me remember the characteristics that I saw recurring, like recognizing facial features of an extended family clan. Other names I used were ‘Celeste,’ ‘Circus Colors,’ ‘Blue Pearls,’ ‘Baby Colors,’ ‘Montezuma’s Platinum’ and the like. The ‘Pearls’ type is a shorter, fatter ear with smaller, round-tipped kernels, with rows that form a graceful spiral twist along the length of the ear. This characteristic seemed easy to select for and has appeared in the field often. Particularly stunning is its sky blue variation. The seed from the ‘Glass Gems’ ear seen in the photo was blended back into the best of the other seed that was sown in the 2008 planting. I have made it a practice to select and plant from as many ears as possible and blend them, rather than plant seed from a sin...

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