The other night while dining at my favorite Chinese restaurant I noticed that one of the veggies in my stir-fry was a tiny ear of corn. Even as I ate the teeny ear whole my mind wandered to visions of Ton Hanks in the movie “Big” as he tried to eat the kernels off of the mini ear. I wondered-- what do these itty-bitty little ears look like while they are still growing? Being of an inquisitive nature, I just had to Google it.
I discovered the “baby” sometimes called candle corn (it does sort of resemble a candle doesn’t it?) really is “baby corn. It’s the same corn that you eat at backyard Bar-B-Q's in steaming bowls of butter. And you can even grow it yourself. As soon as the silk forms and the ear is fertilized you pick it! Believe it or not at this point the corn stalk is about 4 feet high! Let it stay on the mamma stalk too long and oh baby it turns into a real ear of corn!!! Bet you didn’t know that.
My inquiring mind (and honestly I don’t work at Enquirer) wasn’t satisfied with baby corn because when I got home and opened my fridge, what was right there in the veggie bin to greet me but baby carrots? So back to my good friend Google to discover that baby carrots are not really babies at all. Technically they are baby-cut carrots. Yuppers! An enterprising California carrot grower got a bit tired of discarding carrots because of slight imperfections and figured out how to use an industrial bean cutter to cut regular old adult carrots into lengths and then peel them! Voila, baby carrots!
Now, what can explain this? Stay tuned!!!