Corn, sweet corn

June 19, 2020
| Created by Megan GuynnMegan Guynn

Sweet corn has hit its peak season! Here’s a little info about sweet corn, from farm to grill. Harmons sweet corn is currently coming from California and Arizona, but will be coming from Utah farms starting mid-July. Sweet corn refers to a variety of corn with a high natural sugar content that is found on the cob, frozen, and canned. Sweet corn is picked when the kernel is immature and there is still a lot of water inside. When we eat corn like this, it counts as a starchy vegetable!

The corn we eat in tortillas is from field corn. Field corn is harvested later when the kernel is dry and hardy, perfect for ground whole corn, a whole grain.

To optimize the nutrition of sweet corn, think beyond the butter and salt with this delicious recipe!

Mexican-Style Street Corn


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (Dietitians Choice, of course)
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground chipotle powder (add 1/4 tsp more for more spice)
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4-6 ears of sweet corn, cooked
  • Optional toppings: cotija cheese and chopped cilantro


In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, cumin, garlic powder, chipotle, onion powder, lime, and salt.

Use as a condiment for corn on the cob. Or, if you’re out of floss, cut the corn off the cob and mix in the sauce to taste.

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