If you have ever travelled outside of Sofia in the summer, you will see plenty of fresh crops growing… corn, sunflowers, potatoes etc… But, if you visit the store or market, you will not see an abundance of corn available for purchase. This is usually because it is used for animal feed or export.
You will find corn in plenty of things, pizza, salads, pasta, on the cob by street vendors. But it doesn’t taste like the sweet corn from the States that remind me of summer, BBQ’s, 4th of July… So, I decided I was going to grow my own.
On April 28th 2008, I planted 20 corn plants. I wasn’t sure what would happen when I returned from the US on June 13th, but I figured why not. I had bought the seeds from Target when I went back on a previous trip. They were a sweet early hybrid (what ever that means). Six weeks later, I was amazed that they were close to 12″ tall. I have been weeding and watering them with care.
Then I read an article that if you have a small crop, you might need to pollenate each ear to ensure proper kernel development. I figured out this all on-line. I am not that intuitive. So, one morning when the pollen was ready for harvest, I shook it into a bucket, which gave me a lot of yellow dust. Then I proceeded to dip the silks from the ears of corn into the pollen. Basically, I was “manually masturbating” corn (“not caged animals”) “for artificial insemination.” Yeah!
Flash forward to last night, we had the freshest, sweetest corn I have ever eaten in my life. You didn’t need butter or salt. When I was talking with my mother on the phone and I told her I was eating my own corn she was in disbelief. I had to actually hold up the corn to our Skype web cam!!! Good thing I started another crop because at the rate we are scarfing them down we have about 2 – 3 meals left. The new batch should be ready by the end of the summer. Yum!