Baby Corn

These are the tiny immature cobs seen in Chinese restaurants. Any kind of sweet corn can be used, but there are special varieties (Baby Asian, Chires Baby Corn) that produce several ears per stem (Chires is said to produce up to 40 ears per plant). Baby Corn is grown in exactly the same way as sweet corn, though you can plant it closer together (as close as 8˝ in fertile soil). The ears are harvested a couple of days after the silks show. As you might imagine this isn’t a very productive crop but clearly a specialty one.