11 Ways with Summer’s Sweet Corn

grilled corn with herbs and feta cheese

Along with tomatoes and peaches, sweet corn is a symbol of summer in the South. Whether you grill it, sauté it, bake it in a casserole, cut the kernels off for a salad, or enjoy it on the cob, summer corn is so versatile.

When you buy fresh corn, look for husks that do not have holes in them (holes are a sign of worms), and silks that aren’t dried out. If the vendor you’re buying from allows you to peel back the husks to inspect the kernels, go ahead and take a peek—but be sure you buy the corn that you shuck if it’s good quality. Don’t put it back and choose other corn, because without the husks, the corn will dry out and ruin a perfectly good vegetable.

Look for sweet corn varieties such as Ambrosia, Kandy Korn, Peaches & Cream, Silver Queen, and the heirloom Country Gentleman. These varieties are common throughout the South. Enjoy any of them in these easy, delicious recipes on the next page. Plus, here’s an easy way to cut corn kernels off the cob without them flying all over the kitchen.