Baby Corn

Appears in
On Food and Cooking

By Harold McGee

Published 2004

  • About
Miniature or “baby” corn consists of immature, unpollinated ears from full-sized corn varieties, picked two to four days after the silks emerge from the ear, when the cob is still edible, crisp, and sweet. (The rest of the plant becomes animal feed.) The ear may be 2–4 in/5–10 cm long and contains 2–3% sugar. Miniature corn production was developed in Taiwan and advanced in Thailand; Central America has recently become a major source.