June 11th National Corn on the Cob Day

Corn is one of the staples of food in the North American diet. Sweet Corn, the normal corn used for Corn on the Cob, was apparently used in Mexico some time around the year 9,000 BC. It most likely was served on the cob back then and is often the preference of those eating it even today. I grew up on a farm and remember going out in the fields and picking ears of corn, some of which we would eat right off the stalk! However, as good as that was, heated and served with melted butter and salt made it even better.

How to celebrate – Plant your own corn in your backyard. Have corn on the cob with dinner tonight. Have a corn on the cob eating contest.


June 11th National Corn On The Cob Day

There is nothing like that first corn on the cob of the summer. Butter dripping off it onto the plate, salt shining in the sunlight, those little thingys that you stick in the end of the ears to hold the corn with while eating. Well summers here! It’s time to enjoy that ear of corn just like the first Native Mexican did around 9,000 BC. The idea of eating corn on the cob is to get the sweetest corn you can and that only comes from the freshest corn picked. The longer that it takes to get to you once it is picked the less sweet it will be. It also is a tradition, of sorts, for summer and with June here, so is summer!

How to celebrate – Make some corn today! Have a cook out, corn is great grilled. Have a corn husking party.

June 11th National Corn on the Cob Day

It’s summer and that means cook outs and corn on the cob! Generally corn on the cob comes from sweet corn which was first discovered, or created, in Mexico around 9,000 BC. Corn on the Cob is good for you, fun to eat and easy to make. It can be boiled, steamed or grilled and lathered in butter with salt (Both making it less healthy) is hard to beat for a summer treat. I grew up on a farm and we grew corn. Summer was always marked when we served up corn on the cob. Naturally we had to husk in and clean it but no one seemed to mind knowing we would soon be eating it and enjoying every bite.

How to celebrate – Have some corn on the cob. Go pick your own corn from a field. Try roasting corn over an open fire.

June 11th National Corn On The Cob Day

Now here’s a day we can all sink our teeth into, Corn on the Cob Day! Some of us wait all year long for this time of year when the corn finally gets ripe enough to pick and boil, steam or grill. Add a little butter and salt and it’s a party! Sweet corn was first grow for consumption in Mexico, 9000 B.C. (Or at least we think). It was as good a gold back then, and it helped that it was the same color! Anyway, it is a fun food to eat and it’s good for you as well. Don’t forget those little things you stick in the end of the cob to keep from burning your fingers!

How to celebrate – Have some corn of the cob today! Try grilling the corn instead of boiling it! Have a corn party!

June 11th National Corn On The Cob Day

Today is National Corn On The Cob Day, hence… we are not celebrating green beans, okra or split peas. If it does not grow on a cob, it ain’t corn on the cob. That corn in the can sort of works, but it isn’t the same. Well, it is the same corn but no where near as much fun to eat.


I grew up on a farm and when the corn got ripe enough, we could just go out in the field and grab a piece off the stalk and eat it right there if we wanted to. Now it was always better cooked, with salt and butter on it but I was always surprised when I ate it off the stalk because you really could taste how sweet it was.


Sweet corn has been around since at least 9,000 BC in Mexico. I am not sure exactly how we know that but… okay, I have no reason to doubt it. The Native Americans called it Maize, maybe because it was amazing! You can eat it raw, boiled, steamed or grilled.

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And with summer coming on it’s great right off the grill! It’s such a big deal in Plainview, Minnesota that they have a festival and parade. (I am guessing they grow a lot of corn there.)

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And always make eating corn a fun experience. It’s good for you, it tastes great and it makes nearly everyone happy! (Maybe not those missing teeth.)

How to celebrate – Plan on having Corn On The Cob today. Dress up your Corn on the Cob to make it even more fun. Go to a field and pick some corn.

June 11th National Corn on the Cob Day

Get out the butter and salt and get ready for National Corn on the Cob Day! What a sweet way to celebrate the summer! You can even eat sweet corn right off the cob from the field if you like. It’s not quite as good but it is fresh that way, and when it is fresh it is at it’s sweetest!


I grew up on a farm and I remember going out in the field and eating corn right off the stalk. If it wasn’t ripe yet, or if it had been picked too late, it wasn’t very good but when it was plump and ready to eat, it was the best thing in the world.


Corn on the Cob has been around since 9000 B.C. in Mexico, or at least that’s when it is believed it first was used as a food source. It makes you wonder how it got there in the first place and who went up to it and said, hey I think I’ll try eating that, but I am glad they did. Whether it is boiled, steamed or grilled it is truly amazing.


Of course if you eat too much of it, it has it’s own revenge. And it seems a bit odd that June 11th is the day we celebrate Corn on the Cob. It is right in the middle of the planting season in most places and not yet ready to eat. But I guess it doesn’t really matter because it’s generally pretty good anytime you have it.


So you can really celebrate Corn on the Cob Day anyway you wish but you might want to model your celebration after Plainview, Minnesota. They have a parade and a full day of activities to welcome corn back to the plate again.

How to celebrate – Find yourself some FRESH sweet corn and enjoy. Try barbecuing  your corn to give it a little extra flavor. Start your own parade for Corn on the Cob Day in your hometown.


June 11th Corn On The Cob Day

One of the best summer treats anywhere in the US is an ear of corn, the fresher the better. Whether you boil it, steam it, roast it, or grill it, an ear of corn is enjoyed by nearly everyone you set it down in front of. I grew up on a farm where one of the crops we grew was sweet corn. I remember times, when everything was just right, when you could walk out in the field and actually pick an ear of corn and if it was in the milking stage you could actually eat it right there and then.

Of course it was better when it was boiled, heaping with butter, and just enough salt to add flavor.  Ah, there’s nothing better.


Roasting it with the husk still on it was another way to cook it. This is really popular in the south where clam bakes are going on. Everything is thrown into a hole in the ground and cooked together at one time.


Naturally steaming the corn is another popular way to cook it. The corn doesn’t become waterlogged so it is always crisp, plump, and full of flavor.

Grilling the corn is now becoming one of the most artistic ways to prepare corn on the cob.

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Wrapped up in tin foil it is easy to cook on the grill, or in the oven, adding extra flavors to the ear of corn. You can add garlic, ginger, harissa, mint, chili, cheese, or even coconut to your grilled corn while it cooks (there are three recipes there for you to look over).

But the best way, in my opinion, is the easiest. Boil it and butter it. That’s good eating.

How to celebrate:  There are normally numerous corn festivals going on, go visit one. Try going to a farm where you can pick your own corn. Buy some corn and cook it what ever way you want for dinner tonight.