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Golden Bantam Corn was introduced to the corn market by W. Atlee Burpee in 1902. Golden Bantam Corn has a fantastic sweet flavor that is great for fresh eating or freezing. This has been the family standard for sweet corn for generations now and there is a good reason for that. Golden Bantam Corn is reliable, adaptable and very sweet for an open pollinated heirloom corn.
1906 Keith & Co. Seed catalogs says about Golden Bantam Corn Seed... "A sterling novelty of extreme hardiness. Can be planted earlier than any other true sweet form; is then the first corn to produce cobs for the table. Is superior to all other corn in rich, sweet flavor, and is the best corn to grow for home use."
1932 Burpee's Seed Company catalog says about Golden Bantam Corn Seed... "America's favorite sweet corn! The name alone fairly makes one's mouth water in recollection of that indescribably tasty flavor that has given Burpee's Golden Bantam the enviable reputation of being the sweetest of all. Its handy size (the ears measure 5-6" in length) gives it an added advantage because its is so easily eaten from the cob. The broad, deep golden yellow kernels contain an abundance of juicy sweet pulp that for over a score of years has taken its place as the best in quality corn. The corn plants grow 5-6' tall and bear one or two ears per plant."
1936 James Seed Company catalog says about Golden Bantam Corn Seed... "Still the best of all varieties of sweet corn. This strain has for 20 years been bred to the most rigid standards of excellence. Golden Bantam grows only 4 feet high, bearing 2 to 4 ears to each stalk; the ears are 5 to 8 inches in length, of a beautiful yellow when ready for use, and a most delicious flavor. Plant early in rows 3 feet apart, 10 inches between the plants in the rows. Never plant corn in a long single row, always plant in a block of 3 or more rows. On well-drained ground Golden Bantam corn will stand light frost while young. For main crop plant corn seed during the second week in May, and a planting three weeks later will further prolong the season, and Golden Bantam season cannot last too long. Give the land thorough cultivation as often as possible, and the most delicious ears of sweet corn you ever tasted will be your reward."
Golden Bantam corn has been grown in those hot Texas summers for many years. This is one of the best heirloom sweet corns for Texas. Corn needs nights well above 55 degrees and hot daytime temps to really produce well and Texas surely has that. Many a sultry summer night you may lay awake so hot you stick to the sheets, but its good to know your corn sure likes it! It all makes sense because corn is believed to be native to Texas' neighbor Mexico.
Golden Bantam corn is getting much harder to get as GE and Hybrid corns now dominate the market. Open Pollinated (OP) corns in general are getting very rare. I urge you to learn to save seed and become a seed saver. Remember, you must have at least 200 plants to save seed from for genetic diversity. More is better of course. Other corn pollen such as that from GE corn, will contaminate your OP corn and can reach a mile or more. Prevent this with hand pollination. Learn how in the video below.
I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!