This is an 8 row flint corn from the Iroquois. Bred by a Seneca seed-keeper named Darwin John. This variety was used ceremonially at the mid-winter “Big Feather Dance” and used at the Strawberry Festival in a special soup made from corn and strawberries.
The seed was sent to me in a corn seed trade with Albie Barden (Corn Keeper) in Maine. I also know this variety came into circulation via Bryan Connolly Phd. of Framingham State University in Maine. Bryan has sent me another strain of Gaspe’ Flint which I hope to utilize to broaden my current Gaspe’ corn gene-pool. When I get more information about Darwin John, I will add it to this page.
I was very impressed with this corn. It went into tassle just as the Gaspe’ was finishing pollination. While not as early as the Gaspe’ (70 days for field dry corn) it still was extremely early and done pollinating before the local commercial field corn had gone to tassle. The plants reach about 7′ in height and produced 2 nice ears per plant. I was amazed how many ears were perfectly pollinated to the very tip. The overall quality was excellent. The average ear was 5″ in length with large kernels. Not huge, but double that of Gaspe’. This one will be added to my list for future grow-outs. This corn has a great flavor and is delicious as cornbread and polenta. I have yet to try it in Strawberry Soup!