Stowell's Evergreen Sweet Corn was originally developed by Nathaniel Newman Stowell of Burlington, New Jersey in 1848. Stowell was a farmer and spent some years refining this variety, which he developed by crossing Menomony Soft Corn and Northern Sugar Corn.
In the fall of 1855, he sold just two ears of seed corn to a close friend for four dollars, on the agreement that the seed was for personal use only. Stowell's "friend" then re-sold the same seed for a whopping $20,000 to Thoburn and Company who released the variety commercially in late 1856.
This delicious white sweet corn is regarded as the "King of All White Sweet Corn Varieties", has been popular for over 162 years. Stowell's Evergreen matures slowly over a long period, extending the usual harvest and produces 9 inch ears with 16 to 20 rows of plump, sweet white kernels.
"The best known and best loved of all the late sweet corns"...1912
1884 D.M. Ferry Seed Co. Catalog says about Stowell's Evergreen Sweet Corn... "This variety is intermediate in its season, and if planted at the same time with earlier kinds, will keep the table supplied till October. It is hardy and productive, very tender and sugary, remaining in a condition suitable for boiling a long time."
1918 Alneer Bros. Seed Co. Catalog says aboutStowell's Evergreen Sweet Corn... "A well known good late sort of excellent quality."
1933 R.H. Shumway Seed Co. Catalog says about Stowell's Evergreen Sweet Corn... "the standard late variety, widely grown by market gardeners, and poplar for the home garden and for canning. the stalks are 7 to 7.5 feet tall, producing ears about 8 inches long with 14 to 20 closely packed rows. kernels are very deep, white, tender, and sweet flavored. This type remains in the table condition longer than most others."
*Please be aware that a negative test result, while not guaranteeing genetic purity, greatly improves your chances that the seed is NOT contaminated with Genetically Engineered (GE) traits . PCR Analysis tests are costly, but we are committed to our stance on GE contamination in our seed.
We grew about 30 plants of the Stowell's Evergreen Sweet Corn (growing zone 6b). I started them around Mother's Day. We had about 97% germination & grew 2 other varieties of corn. This was our favorite!!! It was crisp & sweet. We'll be growing much more of it in 2019! It worked great for eating fresh & for freezing.
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!