VERY LIMITED SUPPLY
What a beautiful corn, simply called “Cheqche-Peskoruntu” by the locals because the kernels look like bird's eggs with fly droppings all over them! One might laugh at the locals' explanation of the origin of the name but the beauty of this corn is far from funny – it is spell-binding!
It was collected by Joseph and Patrick, coming from the famous “Huancavelica corn district” in the central Peruvian highlands. This long, large-kerneled variety combines into one, all of the great qualities of many corns, including the famous Peskoruntu and the Cheqche varieties. It is similar to Peskoruntu Yellow having special multi-colored, mottled, speckled or streaked colors from purple, grey, violet, ash, cream, raspberry, yellow, pinkish, white and more! It is a favorite in Peru for toasting but is also boiled in soups and eaten on the cob. It is a good corn to grind into flour, and we have also heard that many people use it to make “chicha drinks” and desserts from it like cornbread or “mazamorra” which is the Spanish name for corn pudding.
These Peruvian corns are daylight sensitive, being from the Andean region of Southern Peru (the length of the days are shorter) and are grown at high altitudes (2,300 to 3,300 meters above see level) and this variety needs from 165 to 195 days to reach maturity. When growing this variety, please remember that these Peruvian “Kings of the Corn World” are adapted to cool subtropical conditions year round and won’t take well to extreme heat or freezing cold spells.
Because this corn is day-length sensitive, the long day length in much of the USA could pose the biggest challenge for growers. The Peruvian types usually won’t tassel until the sunlight is down to 12 hours per day, which normally occurs in the northern hemisphere around the 21st of September. If you are successful at getting it to tassel, be ready to assist with pollination. Artificial shading might be a temporary solution until we are able to acclimatize them to northern latitudes. However, there has been some success with Peruvian corn in the Pacific Northwest, as well as other coastal, cooler or higher altitude areas. Hawaii could also prove to be a suitable climate for this variety. Growing the corn in large climate-controlled greenhouses may also prove successful. Please SAVE and SHARE your seeds as well as you gardening techniques if you are successful at getting a crop!
We have a very limited supply for gardeners, seed collectors and seed artists. We believe this is the first time Cheqche Peskoruntu corn seeds have ever been offered commercially in the U.S.