Sunday, 4 February 2018

Baby Corn and why its Green List

Baby corn - while the stalks are still small and immature the baby corn is harvested. It typically is eaten whole – cob included – in contrast to mature corn, whose cob is too tough for human consumption. It is eaten both raw and cooked.

Baby corn ears are hand-picked as soon as the corn silks emerge from the ear tips, or a few days after. Corn generally matures very quickly, so the harvest of baby corn must be timed carefully to avoid ending up with more mature corn ears. Baby corn ears are typically 4.5 to 10 cm.

What this means is that the baby corn doesnt have the opportunity to mature to develop the starch and sugars - and the cob also doesn't get the chance to go hard and become unfit for consumption. With baby corn - we eat the cob too.

As you can see from the nutritional analysis provided by Woolworths - baby corn is very low carb at 3.2g per 100g baby corn with the whole pack weight being only 135g.

No fresh produce in south africa is GMO either - and if ANY product (think canned) is GMO - the product would have to say so - so don't forget to read your labels!

So in summary - baby corn is low carb at 3.2g as above (6 times less carbs than big brother sweet corn) - we eat the cob which contains even more fiber (and remember we work with net carbs.) It has not had the opportunity for the starch and sugar to develop due to the time it has been harvested, and it is not GMO.

Enjoy your baby corn 🌽

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