VERY LIMITED SUPLY
The Botanical Explorers, Joseph and Patrick Simcox, collected this spectacular variety of corn from the central Peruvian corn belt, in the state of Huancavelica, nearest to the areas around Hunacayo. It is called “Saqsa Karu’Kay Suni” in the ancient language, which means, “long orange-red striped corn”. This colorful landrace of big, long-kerneled, peachish, orangish-red and orangish-yellow colors has become very popular in Peru for its unrivaled appearance, as well as its excellent flavor when toasted. If you ever visit Peru, you will often find this type toasted and served as an appetizer called “Cancha” in many restaurants, especially from the Highlands of Huancayo all the way down to Ayacucho and Abancay.
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 155 to 175 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 Karu Kay Suni corn seeds have even been offered commercially in the U.S.