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(Kulli) Black Incan Corn

         
 
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Over 2700 years ago the Incans had already started building their empire in Peru. Archeologists now believe that corn and llamas were basis of the Incans surge to power. Although thousands of forms of corn exist in the Peruvian Andes some forms have a very noble and well known history. The so called Kulli or Kculli Strains of purple or black corn are ancient and have been used perhaps for thousands of years. Kulli corn is almost jet black to the eye, it is so rich in anthocyanins that when cobs and kernels are soaked in water, (like they have been since antiquity by the Peruvians), they turn the water a deep purple. This drink is famous in Peru and is called Chicha (it’s flavored with other yummy ingredients too!). Joe is super proud to have a limited quantity of this amazing corn. It is from the high Andes, which are “tropical” hence it probably will need a long ..long growing season, circa 150-180 days, but if it sets cobs it will amaze you with it’s beauty. And it is not only beautiful it is a nutritious!


This seed is brought to us by botanical explorer, Joseph Simcox. Read More About Joseph Here

 
(Kulli) Black Incan Corn
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 23
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 1.5

87.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Linda03
Location:
Pleasant Grove, UT, United States
Date:
February 21, 2016
          5.0
 
Fun supertall corn
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 1.5
 

What are the pros? Fun, black, super tall corn

What are the cons? Plant real, real early

Review:

I planted this inside in April, every kernel Germinated plus one kernel had two plants (twins?). They grew like crazy, a couple died before transplanting in May to a low spot on the edge of the hill. By the end of July using a ladder I measured them at 12 feet tall still no sign of corncobs forming. they were tipping over, I staked them with 5 foot stakes and tied them but noticed they were forming roots at every joint, the longest roots closest to the ground. This got me to wondering if the Aztec's planted this corn in pits or trenches and then filled in the dirt around the stocks to hold them up. using a mixture of manure, vermiculite and soil I filled in the low spot. Wind came in August and snapped two off above where they were staked, knocking over others which I retied up. I created a terrace to fill in more dirt. Cobbs started forming Late October, Igot a few sparse developed kernels to replant in March and some excellent dark purple husk natural dye coloring.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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7 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Debbie
Location:
Cincinnati, OH, United States
Date:
January 23, 2016
          5.0
 
Chicha Morada Ohio Style
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow

What are the cons? Very late

Review:

This is an update to my earlier review. After stripping the dried seeds from most of my cobs, I tossed a mix of several seedless cobs and one seeded cob into a 5 gallon pot and followed a Peruvian Chicha Morada recipe and it was great! There was so much healthy anthocyanin pigment the juice, apple, and pineapple slices turned ink black! So now I'm definitely going to plant a larger patch of this variety in 2016. Maybe a few generations of selection for earlier ripening could improve this variety for the North?

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

11 out of 14 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
AlbuquerqueGardener
Location:
Albuquerque, NM, United States
Date:
November 8, 2015
          3.0
 
Striking plant not sweet
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Striking plant

What are the cons? Not sweet, strong husks

Review:

I planted a packet of (20?) seeds on 31 May (late: other priorities, travel) in nearly full sun (late afternoon shade). Germination was about 80% and plants grew well, to 9 to 10 feet high (not as tall as others report). Some plants did not remain vertical once they grew tall. Tassels appeared on one plant at the end of August and gradually on others thru mid to late September. Some plants did not survive. Plants with ears typically had two. I harvested on 8 November, 24 hours after the first frost, and had ears on four plants of about 10 plants that survived into November. Two ears had kernels that were cream-colored at the base and one small ear that a nearly black stalk with a small ear at the top (unfortunately, no option to add a photo). Husks are very strong and thick (harder to husk than sweet corn). Most of the ears had kernels that were not starchy but were not sweet. Clearly seeds need to be planted close together to help stalks avoid toppling.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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7 out of 14 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Debbie
Location:
Cincinnati, OH, United States
Date:
October 13, 2015
          4.0
 
Try it
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Unique, late

What are the cons? Relatively long season

Review:

My seed source wasn't Baker Creek, but I'm writing a review since I've a lot of gardening friends interested but unsure about this corn in their latitude. I believe I have the same variety which I purchased as "Morado." The jet black appearance of the cobs is identical and the seeds were said to make Peru's famous Chicha drink. Mine were planted late (early July), and I lost most of my plants to mole activity. However, the 8 remaining set 2 ears/plant, at the end of Sept.with the first 2 ripening in mid-Oct. It's definitely long season, but if planted a few weeks earlier at my latitude, barring early frost, it seems possible to get a decent crop. If nothing else, it's a novelty. The stalks are TALL,15 - 20 feet, and remind me of bamboo with a dark ring of aerial roots at each joint. While I've not tried to make chicha yet, ripe cobs are quite a sight with their jet black kernels and cobs so full of anthocyanin pigment that they bleed when picked. Will grow again in 2016.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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11 out of 13 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Shire Dweller
Location:
springfield, MO, United States
Date:
October 3, 2015
          4.0
 
Great tasting corn
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Tall plants, great tasting cor

What are the cons? Long season

Review:

Planted a double row of this corn late (July). It was a very rainy year and once the plants got going, the rain and windy storms kept knocking them down. We ended up with only about 4 plants so pollination wasn't great. We had two to four ears form on each stalk. I picked a couple ears today and the kernels were sparse on the cob. The cob itself is a dark purple-black like the corn. The kernels are big, dark on top and white around the base, and super tasty. We will replant these next spring, but will plant more plants closer together, and maybe near a cattle panel or fence to help keep them supported in wind storms. Very tall and fun plants!!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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