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Seed - Tuscorora White Corn ()

Annual Vegetable Seed

Plant the seeds in blocks of four or more short rows, instead of one long row. Corn is wind-pollinated, so planting in blocks ensures enough pollen falls on the silks to form full ears. Plant seeds 1/2 to 1 inch deep, spacing the seeds 1 foot apart and leaving 3 feet between rows.

Mature in 60 to 100 days depending zone and weather conditions

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Traditional Indian corn (Zea mays indurata) is also known as Flint corn or Calico corn. Because each kernel has a hard outer shell when dry, it is likened to being hard as flint; hence the name. Corn in this category has been, and still is, grown by various Native Americans, north and south, going back millennia.

Tuscarora White Corn, otherwise known as skaroora White Corn or Iroquois White Corn, is an ancient heirloom corn that is presently grown by farmers the haudenosaunee confederacy of nations. Tuscarora is an heirloom variety of eight-row corn that has historically been a staple of the skaroora people.The corn has big white kernels, large ears, and has the perfect consistency to grind into corn meal for breads and soups. Its genetic variability fashions a multiplicity of flavors from earthy to sugary. Tuscarora is praised within the haudenosaunee confederacy of nations as a link to good physical health, as well as its intrinsic connection to the vibrancy of traditional native cultures.

After hulling, the Tuscarora White Corn is dried and made into three main types of meal, each version with its own flavor and distinct consistency. The hulled whole hominy—also known as posole—is made with the whole corn kernel, tamal flour is made from hulled corn that is then stone-milled, and lastly, roasted corn flour is lightly pan-roasted and then stone ground.