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Mayo Tosabatchi Corn

Botanical Name: Zea mays

$3.95

Out of Stock for 2017

Description

Out of stock for 2017. 105 days. Mayo Tosabatchi is a landrace corn grown by the Mayo, an indigenous people of Sinaloa, Mexico. Landraces are full of genetic diversity and this one blew us away with its stunning vigor and variations in stem, silk and tassel color. And get this: we watched it grow 16 ft. tall! Whether you are (or aren't) corn fanatics like us, you'll love growing this corn. Averages 2 ears per plant. Ears range in size from 7-12" long. Harvested in the "milk" stage, this type of corn is traditionally prepared as elote, a common savory food of Mexico. (If you find yourself in Mexico or even the windy streets of Chicago, you'll find street vendors selling this classic treat.) It's prepared as corn-on-the-cob, slathered in mayonnaise or butter, lime juice, salt, chili powder (or paprika for the tender palette), and cotija cheese. Our friends just could not get enough Mayo Tosabatchi elote! Elote corn has a creamy, almost nutty flavor with a tamed sweetness - so, if you are looking for sugar-on-a-stick, this ain't it. Also produces side ears of baby corn. Muchas gracias a las personas indigenas para el maíz (see Seed Stories for more info). This seed is sourced from the non-profit organization called Native Seeds/SEARCH.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA zone 5b):

Corn needs fertile soil with a lot of compost/manure. Corn is wind pollinated so you should grow at least 16 corn plants (plant in a block – not in a row) so that enough pollen from the tassels will land on the silks to pollinate all of the kernels to produce full ears of corn. Not enough space for 16 plants? You can hand pollinate your corn (look online for instructions). Plant corn seeds after the soil has warmed to at least 65° (May 20th - June 15th). Plant seeds 6” apart in rows 36” apart (thin plants to 12” apart). Plant at least 4 rows of 4 plants in a block. Days to germination: 3-12. Alternatively, corn can be planted in a “Three Sisters Planting”: Sow 5-6 seeds (2-3” apart) per patch, 4 feet between patches. One week later, plant pole beans (4-5 seeds) encircling corn. One week after that, plant winter squash (5-6 seeds) encircling the beans. Thin seedlings to: 3-4 corn plants, 2 pole beans, 3-4 squash per patch.

Harvest:

Harvest Mayo Tosabatchi in the milk stage when kernels are fully filled out but are still soft and are not starting to become starchy or firm. Plants are so tall that you will need to carefully bend the stalks in order to harvest.

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Corn is a difficult seed saving crop. Corn suffers from inbreeding depression if seed is saved from too few plants. Minimum population size: 100 plants. Corn is cross pollinated and will cross with all other corn varieties. It is wind pollinated which can carry pollen for several miles so corn seed can be contaminated by GMO field corn. Isolate corn from other varieties by at least 2 miles. Harvest seed from the interior (as opposed to the outer rows) to help minimize crossing.

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Description

Out of stock for 2017. 105 days. Mayo Tosabatchi is a landrace corn grown by the Mayo, an indigenous people of Sinaloa, Mexico. Landraces are full of genetic diversity and this one blew us away with its stunning vigor and variations in stem, silk and tassel color. And get this: we watched it grow 16 ft. tall! Whether you are (or aren't) corn fanatics like us, you'll love growing this corn. Averages 2 ears per plant. Ears range in size from 7-12" long. Harvested in the "milk" stage, this type of corn is traditionally prepared as elote, a common savory food of Mexico. (If you find yourself in Mexico or even the windy streets of Chicago, you'll find street vendors selling this classic treat.) It's prepared as corn-on-the-cob, slathered in mayonnaise or butter, lime juice, salt, chili powder (or paprika for the tender palette), and cotija cheese. Our friends just could not get enough Mayo Tosabatchi elote! Elote corn has a creamy, almost nutty flavor with a tamed sweetness - so, if you are looking for sugar-on-a-stick, this ain't it. Also produces side ears of baby corn. Muchas gracias a las personas indigenas para el maíz (see Seed Stories for more info). This seed is sourced from the non-profit organization called Native Seeds/SEARCH.

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA zone 5b):

Corn needs fertile soil with a lot of compost/manure. Corn is wind pollinated so you should grow at least 16 corn plants (plant in a block – not in a row) so that enough pollen from the tassels will land on the silks to pollinate all of the kernels to produce full ears of corn. Not enough space for 16 plants? You can hand pollinate your corn (look online for instructions). Plant corn seeds after the soil has warmed to at least 65° (May 20th - June 15th). Plant seeds 6” apart in rows 36” apart (thin plants to 12” apart). Plant at least 4 rows of 4 plants in a block. Days to germination: 3-12. Alternatively, corn can be planted in a “Three Sisters Planting”: Sow 5-6 seeds (2-3” apart) per patch, 4 feet between patches. One week later, plant pole beans (4-5 seeds) encircling corn. One week after that, plant winter squash (5-6 seeds) encircling the beans. Thin seedlings to: 3-4 corn plants, 2 pole beans, 3-4 squash per patch.

Harvest:

Harvest Mayo Tosabatchi in the milk stage when kernels are fully filled out but are still soft and are not starting to become starchy or firm. Plants are so tall that you will need to carefully bend the stalks in order to harvest.

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Corn is a difficult seed saving crop. Corn suffers from inbreeding depression if seed is saved from too few plants. Minimum population size: 100 plants. Corn is cross pollinated and will cross with all other corn varieties. It is wind pollinated which can carry pollen for several miles so corn seed can be contaminated by GMO field corn. Isolate corn from other varieties by at least 2 miles. Harvest seed from the interior (as opposed to the outer rows) to help minimize crossing.

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