Sweetcorn as we know it is a type of maize. In fact its
a grass, and pollination occurs when the wind blows
through the flower heads, the reason it is grown in a
square formation, close together rather than
individually or planted in length along rows.
Some of the sweetcorn varieties grow very tall, to a
height of about 2 metres. Shorter plants are also
Sweetcorn should be cooked and eaten directly after
picking. If truth be told you won't taste anything
better if you cook and eat sweetcorn within 30 minutes
The reason being that sweetcorn kernels turn to starch
very quickly after cutting.
The newer varieties are much sweeter than the older regarded
ones for example, "Swift F1" which can be bought
here. This type comes under
the category of "Supersweet" and is a type grown
successfully on the Keilersbrae Allotments every year.