Monday, September 27, 2010
Our neighbor brought over some of this beautiful corn after a trip through Idaho. He said he just saw a farmer with a pickup truck selling corn along side the road. Actually, that is the best place to buy corn.
It was beautiful and tasted outstanding!! It reminded us of our dear friends from Germany. In the late 70's we were living in lower Michigan and were quite active in a Sister City program with a town from northern Germany. We hosted a couple and corn on the cob was on the menu.
At first, they were quite shocked. To much of Europe, sweet corn was not something to eat as it had never been available to them. Only pigs ate corn in their part of the world. Well, after that first slathering of butter, and watching us carefully as to how to eat this vegetable, they changed their minds. When we met up with Dieter and Heidemarie in Germany this past May, the sweet corn was the first thing they wanted to talk about. It seems some people are starting to grow it themselves, so it is becoming more available in Europe.
Corn also reminds me of when The Trout and I were living in Germany in 1968-69. Our landlords were an elderly brother and sister. They invited us down one evening to enjoy their television and they had a special treat to serve us. It seems they had just become familiar with popcorn. To our surprise, they served it in a bowl, with a spoon, and covered with cherry juice. We did not say anything about melted butter or salt, just ate their style of popcorn and actually enjoyed it.
If sweet corn is still available in your area, enjoy it. I am looking forward to this winter as sweet corn is available from the farmer's markets all the time in Florida.