“How many colors do they grow corn in?”

Maize (Photo: Sam Fentress via Wikipedia)

A few colorful varieties of Indian corn, or maize. (Photo: Sam Fentress via Wikipedia)

The Six-Year-Old, upon learning that her blue corn chip is made of blue corn and not simply soaked in blue food coloring, asked: “How many colors do they grow corn in? Do you know, Mommyo?”

Mommyo, automatically: “No, but I can ask Caterpickles. That woman knows everything.”

The Six-Year-Old, encouragingly: “Wouldn’t it be fun if you knew everything too, Mommyo?”

Hmmm, I guess it has been a while since I answered a real question on Caterpickles. I’m kind of rusty, so bear with me.

Most of the time I think of corn as being blue, white, yellow, both white and yellow, or if it’s really fancy, a lovely multicolored bundle hanging on a door.

Turns out corn comes in far more colors than that: calico (or speckled corn), magenta, red, scarlet, pink, yellow, orange, bright blue, dark blue, light blue, black, purple, maroon, brown, white, and even cream.

The Six-Year-Old, counting: “one, two… sixteen.”

Sure, let’s call it 16. Cornell Universities’ catalog of corn varieties lists 249 different varieties of corn. It’s possible we overlooked a color. But 16 will do.

(Yep. Completely rusty at this blogging thing. Need to do something about that. But not today. I’m totally exhausted from the effort of piecing this post together. Whew. Writing hard. Is it lunchtime yet?)

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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One Response to “How many colors do they grow corn in?”

  1. rayworth1973 says:

    A lot of varieties of corn, and many of them aren’t even edible. At least they’re pretty to look at… mostly. And to think, they’re a form of grass, or so I learned that once if my memory serves me right.


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