Beautiful corn

The most beautiful corn in the world

This is “glass gem corn”, aptly dubbed the most beautiful corn in the world (and is not Photoshopped!). As eye-catching as it is, it’s actually a natural product of corn evolution.

As it happens, before human selection interfered, corn ears were all multi-coloured. Corn kernels have different colours because of genes that control colour. Each kernel is an individual with its own set of genes, like an embryo. Kernels are siblings housed on the same ear and so naturally have many different colours.

Some studies suggest corn pigments promote resistance to insects or fungi that invade an ear of corn.

One-colour ears, as we mostly know corn, are unnatural products of years of deliberate selection, careful pollination, and storing of seeds.

See more at: Edible Geography