CORN, Hickory Cane (Dent)
Hickory Cane Dent CORN Zea mays
Seeds per pack ~ 50
Germination: 90% Jan 2024
Packed for 2024
Hickory Dent Corn, also known simply as "Hickory Corn," is a type of corn (maize) variety that belongs to the dent corn category. Dent corn is one of the major types of maize cultivated worldwide, and it is primarily used for food manufacturing as the base ingredient for cornmeal flour (used in the baking of cornbread), corn chips, tortillas, and taco shells.
Dent corn is distinguished by the indentation or "dent" that forms at the crown of each kernel when it dries. This dent is a result of the starch inside the kernel shrinking as it dries, causing the characteristic dent shape. Hickory Dent Corn typically has large, yellow or golden kernels with deep dents at the top. The cobs are usually thick and sturdy, with rows of kernels that are closely packed together.
Historical Significance: Hickory Dent Corn is considered an heirloom or heritage variety of corn, and it has historical significance in the United States. It was traditionally grown by early American settlers and Native American tribes in the Hickory region of the southeastern United States, which is how it got its name.
Like other dent corn varieties, Hickory Dent Corn has versatile uses. It can be used for various purposes, including grinding into cornmeal for baking, making corn syrup, producing livestock feed, and even as a decorative element in fall decorations. Hickory Dent Corn is not typically grown for human consumption due to its tough and starchy texture, it still provides essential nutrients. Corn, in general, is a good source of carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and some vitamins and minerals.
Hickory Dent Corn is known for its adaptability to a range of climates and growing conditions. It is a warm-season crop that requires well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight. It typically matures in 90 to 120 days, depending on the specific growing conditions.