Native American farmer grows amazing multi-colored corn.
The crop originates from Oklahoma, where part-Cherokee farmer Carl Barnes had the idea of gathering colorful ears of corn and breeding them together.
As the years went on, he managed to produce corn displaying dozens of different colors on a single cob.
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The message comes with an amazing picture of a multi-color corn claiming that the crop was produced by a Native American farmer named Carl Barnes. Yes, it is a fact.
What appears to be like colorful boiled sweets or even glass beads in the picture is in fact an amazing multi-colored corn, and is the result of specially bred ears of corn. Mail Online reported the above story talking about the Native American farmer-producer Carl Barnes; the above message being a part of that article.
Carl Barnes was a part-Cherokee farmer from Oklahoma and had this uncanny knack for corn breeding. Barnes noticed that a corn cob often showed signs of unusual color shining. So he started gathering colorful ears of corn and bred them together, and over the years, he managed to produce corn having dozens of different colors on a single cob. This amazing multi-color corn is commonly called as Glass Gem corn.
Mr. Barnes used to maintain a collection of his multi-colored corn seeds, and shortly before he died, he passed on his seed collection and breeding technique to his friend Greg Schoen to safeguard the Glass Gem tradition. In 2010, Mr. Schoen wanted to find a permanent home for the unusual seed collection, so he gave the seeds to Bill McDorman, the owner of a small seed company in Arizona.
McDorman is now the head of Native Seeds/SEARCH, a non-profit organization which seeks to preserve the agricultural heritage of the Native Americans. The organization sells these Glass Gem seeds through its website and also encourages the buyers to save their favorite strands of the corn and replant them in order to continue the Glass Gem tradition of Carl Barnes. You can find the link to their website from reference section below.
This unique strain of multi-colored corn is also available for purchase elsewhere online, and is in fact a hot demand from gardeners who are keen to add a touch of color to their vegetable patch. But it is interesting to note that this multi-colored corn is advised to be used to make flour or popcorn, and is not recommended to eat it straight off the cob.