Can you eat blue corn on the cob?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you eat blue corn on the cob?”. Moreover, we will learn about corn, the types of corn and the health benefits of eating blue corn.

Can you eat blue corn on the cob?

Yes, you can eat blue corn on the cob. Blue corn is a GMO-free variety of maize. Blue corn is packed with nutrients that are needed for the normal functioning of the human body. It also has some nutritive compounds which are necessary to prevent certain diseases. 

The only reason one cannot eat blue corn is that it does not have a sweet taste like the sweet corn which we normally eat. 

The reason why the sweetcorn gets sweet is because of the sugar which is stored in the kernels of the corn. All varieties of corn convert the sugar into starch due to which it becomes less sweet. While in the case of sweet corn, there is a defect in the genes present in kernels that convert this sugar into starch. As a result of this defect, sweet corn remains sweet till the point when it gets dry. 

In the case of blue corn, the sugar is converted into starch and hence, it is not that sweet. Also, it is field corn, so it is not that suitable to eat as compared to sweet corn. It is kind of tasteless and is not that juicy, but in case you are hungry then there is no harm in eating blue corn.

Types of corn

Corn is also known as maize while scientifically it is known as Zea mays. It is considered as one of the important crops which is being grown over the years in different areas of the world. It is the crop that has the highest number of species being present in the seed bank and is considered as one of the important crops in the areas of Southwestern U.S. and Mexico. 

The corn is divided into different species based on the shape of their kernel, starch present in them or proportions of the soft and hard endosperm. Some of the important varieties of corn are as follows:

  • Popcorn
  • Sweet corn
  • Dent
  • Flour corn
  • Flint corn
  • Pod corn
  • Blue corn

Blue corn

Blue corn which is also known as Hopi maize is the type of corn that is closely related to the flint corn which is being grown in the areas of Mexico and the Southeastern U.S. It is one of a variety of corn which is an important ingredient for traditional Southern and Central Mexican food. 

Varieties of blue corn:

There are five different cultivars of blue corn which are different from each other based on different factors. These factors include differences in the height of the plant, weight and width as well as the thickness of the kernel. 

The colour of different cultivars of blue corn also varies from species that are nearly black to blue-grey. The five different cultivars of blue corn include:

  • Yoeme Blue
  • Tarahumara
  • Cherokee
  • Hopi Blue
  • Río Grande pueblo blue

Advantages of blue corn

Blue corn is the variety of maize that naturally exists and is organic. This variety of maize is free from GMOs which is cultivated for hundreds of years by Indians of the Hopi tribe.

Blue corn has a slightly nut-like taste which can also be felt in the products which are formed from blue corn. It is also loaded with antioxidants and several important nutrients like vitamins, trace elements and plays an important role in the normal functioning of the body.

Some of the important health benefits of blue corn are mentioned below:

Rich in antioxidants:

Blue corn contains anthocyanins which is a natural plant pigment related to the class of antioxidants “flavonoids”. These antioxidants are important for the body to maintain and repair cells. 

These antioxidants are also important to reduce the risk of cancers and help to fight against free radicals which can cause cancer

Low carbohydrate content:

The carbohydrate content present in blue corn is in fewer amounts, which is very helpful especially for people with diabetes.

Treatment of metabolic syndrome:

Researchers have shown that blue corn can treat metabolic syndrome as it is seen that blue corn has increased levels of HDL, which is good cholesterol, while it has reduced blood triglyceride level, systolic pressure and total cholesterol level.

Decrease inflammation:

Blue corn also lowers inflammation in the body because of the presence of anti-inflammatory compounds. 

Conclusion

In this article, we have answered the question “Can you eat blue corn on the cob?”. Moreover, we have learned about corn, the types of corn and the health benefits of eating blue corn.

References

https://www.quora.com/Why-cant-you-eat-blue-corn-off-the-cob
https://www.nativeseeds.org/blogs/blog-news/types-of-corn

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.