VERY LIMITED SUPPLY
Patrick Simcox found this breath-takingly beautiful corn through a local gal, (Sabina), from Urubamba in the Sacred Corn Valley who was selling vegetables at a small stand. Patrick asked her if she knew of any heirloom varieties of exotic, giant corn that is not normally sold at the markets. Sabina smiled, telling him that her family did, in fact, grow several types of “pretty heirloom corn” on their farm. She said they should come back the next day to see it all. That was exactly the answer he was searching for...persistence pays off again!
The next day Daniela and Patrick met with Sabina again and were figuratively blown away when she pulled out a bag of what was among the most gorgeous corns that they had ever seen! The kernels were huge and so intensely colorful...They saw hot-pink, reddish-orange, whitish-pink, peach, dark red, even pinkish-yellow, yellowish-orange, burgundy-white and more! There were so many colors it was like a rainbow. They were beyond being impressed and simply overwhelmed! In honor of Sabina and her family, Patrick named this corn after her: “Sabina’s K’uychi Llanqha Sara” which we at Baker Creek know as “Sabina’s Rainbow Pink Corn”.
This type of corn will produce large corncobs that can be boiled or grilled, then buttered, spiced and salted and eaten as corn on the cob. They are sweet, chewy and delicious! Nobody can eat just one of them because they are so good!
These Peruvian corns are daylight sensitive, being from the Andean region of Southern Peru (the length of the days are shorter) and is grown at high altitudes (2,300 to 3,300 meters above see level) and this variety needs up to 200+ 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 believe this is the first time that this lovely corn has ever been offered commercially, thanks to The Botanical Explorers, Joseph & Patrick Simcox, along with Jere Gettle and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. We have a very limited supply to spread among gardeners, seed collectors and seed artists!