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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Colorful Glass Gem Corn

Have you come across the colorful Glass Gem Corn on Facebook or anywhere on the internet?

glass gem corn

So beautiful it doesn't even look real glass gem corn

Perhaps you are having the same though as I had when I first came across this: Is this GM (genetically modified) corn?

glass gem corn

Like many heirloom treasures, Glass Gem corn has a name, a place, and a story. Its origin traces back to Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee farmer living in Oklahoma. Barnes had an uncanny knack for corn breeding. More specifically, he excelled at selecting and saving seed from those cobs that exhibited vivid, translucent colors. Exactly how long Barnes worked on Glass Gem—how many successive seasons he carefully chose, saved, and replanted these special seeds—is unknown. But after many years, his painstaking efforts created a wondrous corn cultivar that has now captivated thousands of people around the world. 

glass gem corn

According to the site I cited above, the seeds were sold out and people have to register to be placed in the waiting list. 

Another question: Is Glass Gem Corn edible?

Glass Gem is a flint corn used for making flour or as a popping corn. Unlike sweet corn, it is not edible right off the cob. However, it was likely bred as an ornamental variety—for obvious reasons. Many of these exquisite ears are simply too beautiful to eat.  

Source: The Story of Glass Gem Corn: Beauty, History and Hope

glass gem corn

Maybe geneticists can work on making them edible. Oh hi, I am a genetic major 



  1. Please, please don't eat any of that corn! I really don't want to see what your poop would look like after eating that. LOL

  2. Ornament? o__o what if the corn turns bad?