Heirloom “Jimmy Red” Corn Lives Again
In July, I posted about a field of tall corn growing in the bottom land along Otter Creek.
At that time, I didn’t know what variety those tall stalks held, but after picking an ear, and peeling back the husks, here is what I found…Studying the red kernels, I noticed that they were “dented”, which told me that this corn was very different from the Sweet Corn that makes great Corn-on-the-Cob. Searching the web, I found this photo…
Turns out that what is growing in this field was a rare heirloom corn known as “Jimmy Red”, named for corn once grown on James Island near Charleston, South Carolina. This is the corn that historically made the best Moonshine, or bourbon whiskey. It is also sought after by the best Southern chefs for making Red Flake Grits. At one time, only two ears had survived, and a farmer planted the kernels from one of those ears, and the rest is history. I found the following article that will tell you everything you need to know about this resurrected variety.