Let's start with the good news..Fresh, sweet corn is now available locally and who doesn't love a juicy cob of just cooked corn drenched in butter? The bad news? This happy season of corn on the cob is marred, however, by the fact that Walmart is now selling GMO fresh corn, which features a built-in toxic pesticide.
Walmart agreed to a deal with Monsanto to begin carrying a new type of sweet corn. It is genetically modified to withstand excessive amounts of pesticides and herbicides, which, of course, are manufactured by Monsanto. The corn contains Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxins. Bt is registered with the EPA as a pesticide, which technically makes the corn itself a pesticide. This corn has not been tested for human safety, and it contains three different genetically engineered traits that have never been used in food eaten directly by people.
Walmart has stated that it will not label the sweet corn as being genetically modified. (Click HERE for a non-gmo shopping guide if you want to avoid as many gmos as possible.) Tell your friends and neighbors who shop at Walmart NOT to buy the sweet corn. And also tell them if they want to be sure to avoid GMOs, to choose organic.
But back to the good news, enjoy the region's fresh corn by trying one of these simple recipes that feature fresh corn.
Fresh Corn Casserole
8 ears corn
2/3 cups cream
3 tablespoons butter, cubed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
black pepper to taste
In a large, deep bowl, slice off the corn kernels with a sharp chef’s knife. With the dull side of the knife, press and scrape the cob all the way down to remove all the bits of kernel and creamy milk inside.
Add heavy cream, salt to taste, pepper, and butter; mix well. Pour mixture into a greased baking dish. Bake at 350Fº for 30 to 45 minutes or until thoroughly heated through.
Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Corn, Goat Cheese, and Oven-Roasted Tomatoes
2 thick slices of fresh tomato
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
1 ear corn, with the husk still on
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 eggs, beaten
2 ounces goat cheese
- Heat your oven's broiler on high. Drizzle the tomato slices with a bit of olive oil, coating both sides, and season with salt and pepper. Put them on a baking sheet and broil in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until beginning to caramelize on top.
- While the tomatoes are cooking, microwave the corn (in its husk) for 3 minutes on high. Cut kernels from the cob.
- Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the corn, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the eggs and scramble. Turn off the heat and crumble in the goat cheese.
- Transfer the tomato slices to a plate, then top with the eggs. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.
Adapted from thekitchn.com