Peak of the Season: Utah Sweet Corn

August 15, 2018

Utah Sweet Corn is very popular and a staple in many Utah homes durin late summer and into the fall. Many will say that Utah sweet corn outranks any other sweet corn in the world.

Did you know?

Corn is the largest and most important crop in the United States.

Corn is technically a grain and not a vegetable—the seed of a type of grass, like wheat. It therefore counts toward the recommended daily servings of whole grains.
Sweet corn, even with its relatively high sugar content, is not a high glycemic-index food, thus it will not cause a spike in blood sugar when eaten.
Corn is a good source of carbohydrates and food energy with about 80 calories per ear. It is also a good source of fiber and the B vitamins thiamin and folate.
Corn is especially rich in eye-healthy carotenoids including Zeaxanthin and Lutein. Named after corn (Zea mays), zeaxanthin is one of the most common carotenoids found in plants. Lutein is found in the human eye (retina) where it serves as an antioxidant, protecting the eye from oxidative damage produced by blue light.

So how do you like your sweet corn? Boiled, grilled, roasted, or in a corn salsa. Let us know your favorite way to eat Utah Sweet Corn! Meanwhile try this recipe by dietitian Genevieve Daly for Grilled Corn and Pepper Potato Salad.