Summertime is grilling time, and one of the healthiest – and tastiest – grilled vegetable options is corn on the cob. It’s so easy to do and there are endless ways to add even more flavor to this sweet, summer favorite (although you honestly can’t go wrong with plain either). The best bit? Corn is in season, so you’ll have your pick of the juiciest cobs. The second best bit: corn is on sale all week at Brookshire’s!
Remove silk from fresh ears of corn by pulling husk a little over halfway down. Rinse under cool running water to wash away silk sticking to ear. Pull husk back up the ear of corn. Tie with a thin strip of husk or piece of kitchen twine. Cover corn in cold water; soak for at least 30 minutes. Heat grill. When grill is hot, place soaked corn on grill rack. Grill over high heat for about 15 to 20 minutes or until husks char, turning corn by quarter turns throughout the cooking time. Serve whole with butter, salt and pepper or your favorite toppings. Hint: all three topping recipes below are the bomb!
Mexican Style: chili powder + mayo + Cotija cheese + cilantro + lime juice
Honey Butter: softened butter + honey
Basil Parmesan: basil pesto + parmesan cheese
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Called “maize” in most countries, corn is in fact a grain, not a vegetable, which is why you don’t find it growing wild. An ear of corn is part of the flower and the kernels are seeds, with each ear containing an average of 800 kernels across 16 rows. Something else you probably didn’t know: each ear of corn always has an even number of rows. Corn is produced in a variety of colors including yellow (the most common), purple, bluish gray, green, white, red, black – and even multicolored!
How to Pick The Best Corn
Selecting the highest-quality ear of corn is actually very easy. Examine the husk, opting for green and fresh. Feel the kernels through the husk. They should feel plump with no holes where kernels are missing. And lastly, look for tassels that are brown and moist or slightly sticky. These are the stringy bits sticking on the top of the corn. If the tassels are dry or black, it’s probably not the freshest ear.