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Summer Best – Amaize Corn

Alan Simonis Esparto, CA

First-generation California farmer. Raley’s farmer for close to 40 years.

Nutrition

  • Corn contains plant-based compounds which are essential for eye health.(1)
  • When dried or popped, corn is considered a whole grain.

Tips from Alan Simonis:

How to Select

  • Check the flag leaf hanging off the end of the husk. In Alan’s experience, a longer flag leaf is generally superior to shorter flag leafs.
  • Short or missing flag leaf? No problem, look for a green color to the husk and check for small kernels all the way to the tip

How to Store

  • Store in the refrigerator’s crisper drawer.
  • To shuck, grab silk and husk on one side and pull down. Repeat on other side, like a banana.

A Farmer’s Story

“Raley’s comes to our packing shed every day, leaves a trailer and takes away a full one,” Alan says. “We’ll get an order, pick it the next morning and load it into the waiting trailer to be delivered that day.”

Sources:
(1) Dietary Sources of Lutein and Zeaxanthin Carotenoids and Their Role in Eye Health

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