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Classes of Sweet Corn


Sweet corn is a warm-season crop grown for commercial production in many areas of Utah. There are several common classes of sweet corn available differing in sweetness, color (yellow, bicolor, or white), and storage characteristics. The sweetness classes include standard, sugar enhanced, shrunken, and others.

Sweet corn varieties are grouped by classes, depending on sweetness, color, and storage characteristics.Sweet corn varieties are grouped by classes, depending on sweetness, color, and storage characteristics.

Classes of Sweet Corn

Standard Sugary

Standard sugary is the oldest and most vigorous class of sweet corn. Example varieties include ‘Earlivee’, ‘Honey & Cream’, ‘Jubilee’, and ‘Silver Queen’. This class is often used in processing and sometimes sold fresh from heirloom and organic operations. A limitation of standard sweet corn is that the kernels contain less sugars and they convert sugars to starch within a few days after harvest so it must be consumed or processed quickly.

Sugar Enhanced

Sugar enhanced corn is also commonly known