This absolutely stunning blood-red dent heirloom corn contains a rich oily germ. Jimmy Red is prized for it's sweet flavor. It much higher in brix (sugar) than other red dent varieties like 'Bloody butcher'. Widely used by chefs for its aromatic and sweet red-flecked grits and cornbread. It has also been one of the most popular corn varieties in the country for moonshine whiskey.
If it wasn’t for the quick thinking of South Carolina farmer and seed saver Ted Chewning, the heritage corn wouldn’t exist today. In the early 2000s, Chewning saved two ears of Jimmy Red from the last bootlegger who was known for growing it, then distributed the seeds to local organic farmers and chefs to see what would happen, and if the corn could make a resurgence.
The corn grows over 10 feet tall and ears are massive! You can also eat in the 'milk' or sweet corn stage by grilling or boiling.
Sow in tilled soil 8 inches apart in 24-30 inch rows. Plant after danger of frost in spring. Harvest after husks have dried down if intending to make corn meal or grits. Can also harvest in the milk stage (sweet corn stage) for grilling and boiling similar to sweet corn. Corn is a heavy feeder on soil nutrients. Plant beans before your corn as beans will 'fix' nitrogen from the atmosphere to the soil. Add a natural source of nitrogen, and composted manure as needed.
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