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Olathe Sweet Corn

Updated on October 10, 2014

Olathe Sweet Corn is a Sugary Summertime Treat

After living in Iowa and enjoying its delicious, fresh, sweet corn for years, I was skeptical that Colorado's Olathe sweet corn could be nearly as tasty. But once I tried it, I fell in love with its crisp, sugary flavor. Read on for more information about this Western Slope delicacy!

photo by Heather Weaver

Olathe: Oh-LAY-thuh

corn on the cob
corn on the cob

How to Cook Olathe Sweet Corn

basic instructions for boiling corn on the cob

Boiling corn isn't really difficult or sophisticated, but it's an easy way to prepare Olathe sweet corn. The most important thing about boiling corn is this: DO NOT OVERCOOK the corn. That will make the texture too soft, and you want the corn to taste fresh, crisp, and sweet. When you bite into the corn, you want the kernels to pop in your mouth.

1. Start a large pot of water to boiling. Add a dash of salt if you want to.

2. Shuck the corn. Pull back the green husk from the tip toward the stalk end. Remove the husks and pull off the strands of corn silk. The silk strands won't hurt you if you don't get them all off, but they might stick in your teeth.

3. Break off any remaining cornstalk from the end of the cob. You can either break it with your hands or chop it with a big knife.

4. If you notice any bugs or larvae in the tip of the corn, you may want to break or cut that end off, too.

5. Once the water is boiling, slide the corn cobs into the pot. Set a timer for 90 seconds. You might want to roll the cobs over to make sure they are cooking all the way around.

6. After no more than 2 minutes, turn off the stove and remove the corn. It will be hot!

7. Serve immediately with butter and salt.

My Olathe Corn - from husk to plate

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Corn in the husk.Partially shucked.Close-up of corn silk.After breaking off the stalk end.Four corn cobs, ready to cook.Corn going into the pot to boil for 90 seconds.Cooked corn, steaming hot!Buttered, salted, and bitten!
Corn in the husk.
Corn in the husk.
Partially shucked.
Partially shucked.
Close-up of corn silk.
Close-up of corn silk.
After breaking off the stalk end.
After breaking off the stalk end.
Four corn cobs, ready to cook.
Four corn cobs, ready to cook.
Corn going into the pot to boil for 90 seconds.
Corn going into the pot to boil for 90 seconds.
Cooked corn, steaming hot!
Cooked corn, steaming hot!
Buttered, salted, and bitten!
Buttered, salted, and bitten!

Corn Cookbooks

Just in case you have an abundance of corn in your kitchen, here are some recipe resources for you.

About Olathe, Colorado

olathe corn field
olathe corn field

Olathe is a small town in western Colorado's Montrose County. The Olathe Sweet Corn Festival celebrates the huge contribution local agriculture provides the area. Held in annually in August, the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival provides family fun and national music acts to over 12,000 attendees.

Olathe Sweet Corn Festival - annual Olathe celebration

olathe sweet corn
olathe sweet corn

Butter drenched corn, vendors, petting zoo and live music... Photo from the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival Facebook page. Check it out for more information. If you're ever going to be in Montrose county in August, you must put this on your schedule!

Corn Platter for Corn Lovers

Corn Dish Collectible Vegetable Ceramic Glass Kitchen Platter Plate
Corn Dish Collectible Vegetable Ceramic Glass Kitchen Platter Plate

Put your sweet corn on this beautiful corn platter!

 
grilled corn
grilled corn

Grilled Olathe Sweet Corn

This beautiful photo of grilled Olathe sweet corn is from Ally's Kitchen, and you can see more "corn porn" photos and instructions on making this delicious charred corn on her site.

olathe corn stand in Durango
olathe corn stand in Durango

What Makes Olathe Sweet Corn So Special?

weather and good breeding

"Western Colorado's climate, including the big 40-degree plunge from high daytime to cool nighttime temperatures, contributes to Olathe sweet corn's signature flavor, said Mountain Fresh Corn owner and third-generation farmer Mike Ahlberg."

In my opinion, Olathe Sweet corn is the sweetest corn I've ever eaten. And I've eaten a lot of corn, having grown up in the Midwest. Whether it's the temperature variation, the genetic makeup of the plants, or just some kind of Olathe magic in the water, it's working! I love Olathe Sweet corn!

Read the whole article from The Durango Herald, for more information on how Olathe corn is grown, shipped, and sold.

Olathe Sweet Corn Salsa

olathe corn salsa
olathe corn salsa

Here's a recipe for some salsa you can make with Olathe Sweet Corn.

Olathe Sweet Corn

2 Poblano Peppers

1 Jalapeno or Anaheim Pepper

1 bunch of cilantro

1 red pepper

1 red onion

1 Tbsp local honey

Juice of one fresh lime juice

2 avocados

Salt and pepper to taste

You can get the rest of the recipe and preparation instructions at Dash Recipes.

People are discovering the special sweetness of Olathe sweet corn, and they're talking and blogging all about it!

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Is Olathe sweet corn new to you? Or are you already an Olathe fan? Have a special way to cook it? Please share!

Have you heard of Olathe sweet corn? Have you eaten it?

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      SARAH PERRY 

      9 months ago

      My Grandmother who is 96 and always talks about this corn. She says she bought it here in TEXAS at KROGER but I have never seen it. Does anyone know when and where I could find it for her. Where they distribute too? can email me perryemail@yahoo.com Thanks

    • geeky247 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather Weaver 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      @Diana Wenzel: I grew up on Iowa sweet corn too! :-)

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      Creativeproducts 

      4 years ago

      I love this article. Thank you for sharing with us!

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      kathy-hockin 

      4 years ago

      Does anyone know if the wonderful Olathe sweet corn is GMO free?

      I grew just south of Olathe and can't wait until their sweet corn is available every year. But now that we are avoiding all GMO foods we are hoping and praying Olathe sweet corn is GMO free

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      Mickie Goad 

      5 years ago

      Yes, I have heard of Olathe corn. I lived in Denver for three years and discovered this wonderful corn while there. There is no other variety that can compare!

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      Susan300 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for being part of the 2013 Squidoo County Fair! :)

    • Zdiddle profile image

      Zdiddle 

      5 years ago

      Those pictures of grilled corn on the cob made my mouth water. That's one of my favorite fair foods!

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      Olathe sweet corn is new to me (and I live in Colorado). I'm sorry I missed this year's festival. Having grown up on Iowa sweet corn, I never imagined there could be a rival. I'll have to try some next summer. There is nothing better than sweet corn on the cob. Yum!

    • geeky247 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather Weaver 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      @GrammieOlivia: I hadn't heard of it until I moved to Colorado. It's superb!!

    • geeky247 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather Weaver 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      @Rhonda Lytle: It's so delicious! It tastes like summer!

    • geeky247 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather Weaver 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      @steadytracker lm: I love County Fairs!!

    • geeky247 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather Weaver 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      @favored: You have corn from your own garden? I'm envious! :-)

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      GrammieOlivia 

      5 years ago

      I had corn on the cob for dinner tonight, love, love, love fresh corn! I've never heard of this kind before, so something new to me.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I was not acquainted with this species but grew up enjoying corn on the cob. After reading this, I want some more!

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      steadytracker lm 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for entering this lens in the 2013 Squidoo County Fair.

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      Not that I know of, but I do enjoy corn on the cob. We plan on having some from our garden today. Thanks for the info and recipe.

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