What are the pros? flavor, beauty
What are the cons? none
We've grown painted mountain for three years in cooperation with its developer, David Christensen. It tolerates a late spring frost and can be planted early. We try to plant early to avoid contamination by GMO. We hand harvest, hang cobs to dry, shell using a crank sheller (to answer another reviewer's question, yes! it works!). We've cooked kernels as hominy (find recipes online), ground to add to baked goods, cornmeal porridge/polenta freshly made or fried the next day are all delicious. You can select for traits you want. The long, skinny cobs are desirable as they dry easily and more energy goes into the kernel than the cob. Also select for straight stalks without branches or "suckers". Never keep seed corn from cobs that are split into finger, as they are prone to mold and insect damage. The dark blue color is rich in antioxidants and the yellow of course has vitamin A. With this much genetic variety, every cob is like a Christmas present.
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