Baby corn from the name may sound like children of corn. Well, these are corn harvested at pre-mature stage when stalk is still tender without grain fill so these are cornletts.
Yes everybody knows corn are for their grains but these baby corns are actually used for vegetable purpose. Surely you can have dishes cooked at meals of baby corn or have raw salad.
Getting into the science, baby corns are corns harvested before the fertilization (young cob of corn whose ovules are not fertilized). The cob is about 10 centimeters in length and 1-4 centimeters in width.
Baby corn has miniature size with appealing taste, color and crunch. Also, much better for health. Baby corn is a low calorie food with higher fiber content, low in carbohydrate and adequate protein.
Talking more about its nutritional quality, it is a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C along with iron and sodium. Making it noble it’s a zero cholesterol, fats free diet beneficial to heart disease patient.
Moreover it promotes cardiovascular health, balanced blood pressure, keeps healthy skin, vision, stimulates digestion and early fetus development; and prevents nausea, vomiting and some sort of cancers.
In baby corn, health goes with taste, it can be taken as vegetable, salads, soups, chips and many more. You can imagine a way to have it raw or cooked vegetables, pasta or tossed salad, stir fry dish , with soups or side dish topped, with rice or spaghetti mixed with beans and mixed with okra, cauliflowers or potatoes.
In additions to this restaurants offer it with peanuts chutney, okra, soup; its masala, fritters, Manchurian as well as tasty baby corn pakodas.
We should know baby corn has much more benefits for both the consumers and farmers. Having a alluring market potential can be a next staple food for the country like ours as we have extensive maize cultivation. Baby corn outrages maize (corn) in both the production and market.
Taking the first one, baby corn needs lower growing days allowing more season cultivation a year, 2-3 harvest a season giving higher quantity production and farmer can plant higher plant number in same piece of land. Taking the other part, its fetches more price and has growing demand in the modern market. This means more cash and more food from the farmland. These facts are more than enough for farmer around the country to start farming baby corn.
Farming baby corn is much easy in our context as Nepali farmer have tons of experience in the corn field. The land preparation, sowing to intercultural field operation is the same as of the maize. Technically, farmer should have sound knowledge of its harvest which is done two days prior to sliking of cob with tassels removed as soon as they emerge. This harvest can be taken two to four times a season with 2 – 3 baby corn per plant. Nevertheless, Baby corn is rarely seen infield of Nepal.
Farmers from our country ought to start baby corn planting because of its economic benefit and productional suitability to raise their living standards. Getting focus from the farmers, encouragement from the government with needed promotion, Baby corn has potential to be seen in every future farmer’s field in the country. Baby corn for you, the farmer, can standardize your economy and simplify your living. Baby corn for you can be Baby corn for future.