Mexican corn for Cinco de Mayo

Be corny on Cinco de Mayo!

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Now, back to Florida. At the market, select your favorite type of ear. Each color, yellow, white or bi-color, is of equal sweetness, so you can’t go wrong. The most inexpensive corn is sold in the husk, and is frequently on sale. All you need to do is peel off the husk to reveal the sweet ear of corn. Some markets even have a trash can nearby for husk chucking. Or, you can select husked or semi-husked ears, available in trays or microwave-ready packages.

For optimum freshness, try to make the corn on the day of your purchase. Be sure to throw your ears into the refrigerator when you get home, because corn retains its freshness in cool temperatures. The coolness of your refrigerator will delay the corn’s respiration rate and conversion from sugar to starch. Wrap your ears loosely in a plastic bag or damp paper towels before refrigerating. If the husk leaves begin to dry out, remove them from the corn.

If you’re throwing a Cinco de Mayo bash, your guest will be all ears if you mention that sweet Florida corn is on the grill, about to be infused with Mexican flavor. If your plans include heading out to a fiesta (or two), this recipe is a cinch to make, so these Mexican ears would be an excellent pre or post party snack, alongside a Corona, margarita or sangria, of course.

Grilled Corn con Queso (Mexican-Style Grilled Corn)
4 ears fresh super sweet corn, husked
4 oz. cotija (queso anejado) or feta cheese
1 t. chili powder
4 lime slices

Preheat grill or broiler. Grill or broil corn, turning occasionally until hot and some kernels turn golden brown, about 5 minutes.
Crumble cheese on one side of each ear of corn. Sprinkle with chili powder, dividing evenly.
Broil until cheese begins to melt, about 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with lime slice.

Note: Cotija is available in Mexican and specialty food stores.

Credit: Café Habana, New York City

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Mexican corn for Cinco de Mayo

With corn in peak season and Cinco de Mayo this weekend, what better way to enjoy some ears than to make grilled corn con queso?

Florida sweet corn’s peak season occurs in April and May, so currently we’re in the peak of the peak season. Florida Sunshine Sweet Corn is all-natural (not genetically modified at all), resulting in super sweet ears. The sweeter the ear, the more flavorful and juicy the corn is. And, Florida grows more corn than any other state in the U.S. And you thought Nebraska was the largest corn producer in the country, with its corn fields as far as the eye can see.

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