How Much Does Sweet Corn Cost?
This particular type of corn has the name “sweet” in it due to its high sugar content. This, of course, makes it sweet.
Sweet corn will be sweet to the taste and lighter in color than the typical yellow version seen in stores. Sweet corn is typically harvested before it hardens to allow for maximum sweetness and taste. It is then eaten as a vegetable and not a grain like field corn. Most of the time when you purchase sweet corn, it will still be in its husks. This makes it great for grilling since the whole thing can just be thrown on the grill with little preparation. Otherwise, the husks can be removed and the sweet corn can be boiled in water until it is ready to eat.
How much does it cost?
- All varieties of fresh produce will vary in price in different regions. Typical cost projections for sweet corn will usually be around $0.25 to $0.75 per ear. The price for corn of this type can rise and fall quickly, depending on the market conditions and geographical location, but it will generally stay in the neighborhood of the averages noted above. A farmer’s market may offer as many as five or six ears for a $1 or as few as three ears for $1. A common pricing scheme a local farmer’s market uses is what is known as a “baker’s dozen.” This baker’s dozen, which consists of 13 pieces, can cost around $4 to $6. During the summer months, the cost can be around $2 to $3 per dozen. Again, it will greatly depend on the time of year.
- For example, a forum thread on the website, Chow.com, claims that they paid anywhere from $2 per dozen to as much as $5 for a baker’s dozen.
What is going to be included?
- Most of the time, sweet corn will either be packaged and kept in a refrigerated area or sold very quickly in individual selections. In grocery stores, it will typically be cellophane wrapped and in most cases, it will be sold while still in the shuck. However, sweet corn may be sold shucked with the ends cut free to produce nearly symmetrical cobs for easy cooking and consumption. This is also the most likely means of being sold at a farmer’s market. Most grocery stores allow you to pick out each individual piece.
Sweet corn nutrients that can be beneficial to your health
- 1 medium ear, (6 3/4″ to 7 1/2″ long, 103g). Calories 111, total fat 1.32g, total carbs 25.86g, total fiber 2.8g, total protein 3.421g.
- Corn is also a good source of vitamin C, giving the body more than 10 percent of recommended daily values.
- Sweet corn has thiamin (14.8 percent of recommended daily values), which helps to produce energy for the heart, muscles and nervous system.
- Riboflavin and niacin can be found in corn, which helps with the normal functioning of the nerves, skin and digestive system.
- Corn contains pantothenic acid, which helps the body convert food to energy.
- Good amounts of magnesium and phosphorous can be had from eating sweet corn.
What are the extra costs?
- If purchased during the colder months, the costs can often be two times the amount you would pay during the summer.
- Many people like to put butter on their sweet corn for added flavor, but this does add to the fat and calorie content.
- In order to make eating corn easy, there are utensils that can be stuck on each end so you can hold onto it easily.
Tips to know
- Sweet corn is supposed to be two things when purchased: It will be sweet, and it will be soft. If this type of corn is neither sweet nor soft to the touch, it is possible that a substitution has been made or the corn itself may have an issue.
- Avoid purchasing overly hard sweet corn.
- If you see the sign stating that there is a farmer’s market, it does not mean that the corn has been grown locally. Be sure to ask the seller where the corn came from.
- The average American consumes nine pounds of sweet corn in a year.
How can I save money?
- The best way to save money when buying sweet corn will be to buy it directly from either a farmer or at a farmer’s market. Grocery stores will usually charge a little more despite buying their produce in mass bulk. They have to cover refrigeration, packaging, and transportation costs and will charge more in general.
- Consider purchasing corn during the peak season, like the summer. This is when the prices are usually at their lowest.
- Keep your eyes peeled for special promotions and sales at the local grocery store.
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