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Olathe Sweet Corn
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!
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 plateClick thumbnail to view full-size
Just in case you have an abundance of corn in your kitchen, here are some recipe resources for you.
About Olathe, Colorado
Olathe Sweet Corn Festival - annual Olathe celebration
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
Put your sweet corn on this beautiful corn platter!
Grilled Olathe Sweet Corn
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
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
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!
- Corn is King in Colorado
FrontRangeLiving.com - a lifestyle ezine about home, garden and family in Colorado.
- The Little Things: Olathe Sweet Corn
We started with 20 ears today - shucking, cutting the kernels off the cob, and freezing in 2-cup portions. A lot of work? Eh, sort of. But it's fresh corn, and it's local. If you aren't growing your own, it's the next best thing.
- Olathe Colorado Corn - Freezing & Cooking | Joy of Country Living
Seasonal Colorado Olathe corn is available for only a short while in July so learn how to blanch and freeze to enjoy all year long.
- Corn and Bacon Salad - A Well-Seasoned Kitchen
Corn cut off the cob and sautÃ©ed with bacon and onion, then topped off with chopped fresh chives. So simple - and so scrumptious!
Is Olathe sweet corn new to you? Or are you already an Olathe fan? Have a special way to cook it? Please share!