Sweet Corn is A-Maize-ing!

Few things say “summer” like a freshly picked ear of sweet corn, grilled to perfection and served up with a light
smear of butter and sprinkle of salt.

Corn, also known as maize, was started from a wild grass called teosinte, which looked very different from our corn today. Teosinte kernels were small and not close together like kernels on the husked ear of modern corn. Scientists believe people living in central Mexico domesticated corn around 10,000 years ago.

There are many varieties of corn including flint corn, Indian corn, dent or field corn and finally sweet corn. Sweet corn gets its name because it contains more sugar. In the U.S. corn is boiled or roasted on the cob, creamed, converted into hominy or meal, and cooked in corn puddings, mush, polenta, griddle cakes, cornbread, and scrapple. It is also used for popcorn, confections, and various manufactured cereal preparations.

One plain ear of corn has about 100 calories, like an apple. And with nearly 3 grams of fiber per serving, corn can help you feel full longer. To get you inspired to buy and cook your own sweet corn, we’ve got a recipe for Mexican Sweet Corn from Chef Asa at Graze Seasonal Market Grill.

Mexican Street Corn

Ingredients

4 cobs of fresh corn from The Pearl Market
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ cup of crumbled Queso Fresco
Chopped cilantro
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. First of all, roll husked and cleaned cobs in olive oil and salt
  2. Then roast cobs on heated grill for 8 to 10 minutes to achieve an even char around cob
  3. Cut corn in thirds or cut from cob with sharp knife.
  4. Whisk all other ingredients together.
  5. Top the cut corn or corn on cob with sauce.
  6. Finally, sprinkle crumbled Queso Fresco and chopped cilantro.

View the how-to video here.

Check it out: 

On Friday August 3, Chef Asa will be sharing samples of Mexican Street Corn and giving out recipe cards for you to take home!

More than just corn: Pearl Market Bag Raffle!

Each Tuesday, the Pearl Market will be raffling off a shopping bag full market goodness. You can expect things like fresh produce, popcorn, coffee and other special treats. Stop by the Pearl Market tent and enter to win on Tuesdays! No purchase necessary.

National Mutt Day is July 31

In honor of National Mutt Day, the folks at Broadway Biscuits, sellers of all-natural treats for dogs, are raffling a summer treat jar valued at $36 with tasty natural treats. You can enter to win when you purchase any item. The contest is extended to Tuesday, August 7, so get there soon for your chance to win!

Music at the Market

Thanks to pur partnership with entertainment sponsors at the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Capstone Dental, The Pearl Market provides customers and vendors with live, local entertainment each market day.  Here’s who is playing this week:

Tuesday July 31, 2018
Anna and the Consequences

Friday August 3,  2018
Booty & The Kid

Posted by Cass Freeland

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