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Since fresh, peak-season corn is so sweet and tender, you can cut it off the cob and use it in salads, salsas, pasta dishes or as a pizza topping – no precooking needed! It’s a good idea to choose organic corn if possible, as the majority of commercially sold corn in the US is genetically modified.
Peak Season: June to August
How to select: Ears should have green husks and fresh-looking silks. Kernels should be in tight rows and plump, not shriveled, at the tip.
Price range: $0.30 to $1 per ear
Keep it fresh: Keep refrigerated in the husk for up to 2 days.
Pairs well with: Cilantro, garlic, tomatoes, feta cheese, black beans, chiles, scallions, bell peppers
Creative uses: Combine fresh herbs or roasted garlic with soft butter and brush over grilled cobs. Top a pizza with fresh corn kernels, roasted red bell peppers, scallions, shrimp and mozzarella.
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Nutrition highlights: Yellow corn is rich in antioxidant carotenoids, especially lutein and zeaxanthin, which both promote healthy vision.