Sweet corn is widely grown in Nebraska and comes in many different varieties. Some kernels may be white while others are yellow. The outer green leaves are called "husks," and the fine strings inside the husk are called "silk." Remove husk, stem, and silks before eating.
Nutrition and Health Benefits of Sweet Corn
Sweet corn is good source of fiber, which helps provide a feeling of fullness and is important for digestion. It is also a good source of B vitamins including folate. Folate helps our tissues grow, cells work and is an important vitamin for women who are pregnant.
How to Select Sweet Corn
Choose ears of sweet corn that have green husks and fresh silk. Kernels should be tender and plump. Avoid damaged or dried out sweet corn cobs.
How to Store Sweet Corn
If husks are on, store in the refrigerator and use within 3 days. If husks are removed, store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator and use within 1-2 days.
How to Prepare Sweet Corn
- Cook in the microwave, on the stove, or on the grill
- Roast in the oven
- Add to cornbread batter before baking
- Add to salsas or dips
- Make sweet corn fritters
- Add to salads, soups, and stews
- Add to tacos or quesadillas
- Make a sweet corn relish to put on top of fish, chicken or another protein source
Seasonal Availability of Sweet Corn in Nebraska
Materials to Print
The Seasonal Produce Handouts page includes a variety of handouts, recipes, and recipe cards that are available as downloadable PDFs. You can use these resources in your educational programs.
- Fruit and Veggie Fact Sheets, UNL Nutrition Education Program
- Seasonal Produce Guide - Corn, SNAP-Ed Connection
- Nebraska Harvest Schedule, Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska