How to Choose the Best Corn

It’s finally here: sweet, delicious corn on the cob. Whether it’s grilled, boiled, topped with butter, or sprinkled with salt, corn on the cob is an irresistible summer stable that we wait all year for.

Corn Tips

But unlike say apples or pears, picking the best ears of corn can be a tricky endeavor. So, the next time you find yourself rummaging through kernel-filled bins at the supermarket, keep these helpful tips in mind:

1. Examine the Husks
Look for ones that are fresh, green, and not dried out. Brown spots? Put that ear down! Small brown marks – especially near the top – are a sign of worms.

2. Feel It
Even through the husk, you can feel if an ear of corn is going to be good eating. Try to get your hands on ones that are plump and moderately even.

3. Check Out Those Tassels
FYI – tassels are those semi-gross sticky wispy things on the tops of the corn. Look for ones that are brown and slightly moist. Tassels that are black and dry indicate that the ear is probably not the freshest.

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