90-100 Days. Rio Grande Blue corn’s origins trace
back to varieties grown by Native
Americans in New Mexico. Blue corns,
on average, have 20% higher protein
content, more antioxidants, and a
lower glycemic index than standard
corn. Hang the 10"–12" ears to dry for
a beautiful autumn display then save
them to make delicious meals as the
weather turns cooler. Recipe inside
for chocolate atole, a traditional warm
beverage served during the Mexican
holiday, Dia de los Muertos.
This packet sows two 8-foot rows.
Days to Emerge:
When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.
When to start inside: Not recommended.
Special sowing instructions: Since pollination occurs by wind, corn should be sown in short, parallel rows or blocks.
Harvesting: Let the ears dry on the stalks. The kernels are ready for harvest when they are hard and you can no longer leave a mark on them with your fingernail. Before the first fall frost, give each ear a twist until it breaks off. Peel back the husks, then hang the ears in a cool, dark, dry place for 4 to 6 weeks to cure. This is important to prevent mold.
Artist: Carolyn Crawford