Have you ever seen this kind of corn? It’s called calico corn.
With its unreal shiny kernels glimmering like rare jewels, it looks more like pieces of jewelry than actual corn with different shades of pink, purple, yellow, green and blue.
Unlike sweet corn, calico corn isn’t generally eaten off the cob. Most people grind it up into cornmeal and use it in tortillas or grits because it’s very starchy.
It can also be used to make popcorn (although it doesn’t come out rainbow-colored). To do this, the corn is harvested when it’s dry and brown. Kernels need a low moisture content to pop when heated. You can dry the corn further inside, with the husks removed, until the kernels fall off the cob.
It is also great for ornamental purposes.