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Green mealies (?)

Persuant to my question buried somewhere in the Gardening thread, I make this new one - for gardeners of vegetables who may know the answer.

Green mealies. The ones that have white kernels, and no "sweet" taste.
In South Africa these green mealies are popular for eating, with butter/salt, and sometimes cooked in their leaves over a bbq fire.
They are sold never stripped of their skins, which keeps them fresh.

Now ..... the white mealies grown here (for cattle fodder) ... are those over ripened dried out tasteless corns only good for cattle fodder? OR if picked young, similar to what I described in previous paragraph?

I ask because I want to try growing "green mealies" next year, and am wondering about acquiring seeds for planting. I only ever see the "yellow sweet corn"seeds for sale at Landi - never "normal" white mealie seeds. Or else the leaveless yellow corn things in supermarkets.

Searching the internet, it seems the white mealies are all the same. Are they? Just picked young for eating?

So, if I got hold of some white "fodder" mealie kernels, would I be wasting my time (and space) planting them?
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Old 26.11.2014, 16:33
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So, if I got hold of some white "fodder" mealie kernels, would I be wasting my time (and space) planting them?
Are you talking about corn, as in Maize? I've never heard it called 'mealies' before but the description sounds about right.

Anyway, I've also never seen green ones, but a field next to our house was growing some of white stuff for fodder a year or three back and it definitely didn't have any sweet taste. Quite bland and disgusting, in fact, and certainly not only if/because it was old and dried out, which it wasn't. In fact the sweetness would only develop later anyway, I think, so it seemed clear to me that this was a different variety from that used for sweetcorn, which for us (in the UK, but same here AFAICT) is also available still in its leaves, which can be cooked as you describe it and would generally be known as "corn-on-the-cob".
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Are you talking about corn, as in Maize? I've never heard it called 'mealies' before but the description sounds about right.

Anyway, I've also never seen green ones, but a field next to our house was growing some of white stuff for fodder a year or three back and it definitely didn't have any sweet taste. Quite bland and disgusting, in fact, and certainly not only if/because it was old and dried out, which it wasn't. In fact the sweetness would only develop later anyway, I think, so it seemed clear to me that this was a different variety from that used for sweetcorn, which for us (in the UK, but same here AFAICT) is also available still in its leaves, which can be cooked as you describe it and would generally be known as "corn-on-the-cob".
Oh sorry. Yes, known as "mealies" in South Africa .... "Corn" everywhere else.

I stole a mealie from a field here one, just to taste if it was the same - it was disgusting.

No sweetness - more a savoury taste, with a sort-of milky "juicyness". NOT sweet corn that is sold here in plastic in supermarkets.

The yellow "Polento" is made from the sweet corn here. "White Maize" is made from the white corn that I know.

Maybe some other South Africans on this forum would know about the White Corn (eaten on the cob).

The only info on internet about "green mealies" is that its picked fairly young (but large, not tiny) - so am not sure if it could be what is grown here for cattle fodder?
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Re: Green mealies (?)

I know which mealies you mean and I miss them too. I have pinched some of the mealies grown around where I live and when picked at the right time they are quite sweet and delicious but nothing like green mealies.

My favourite seed shop has these: https://www.saemereien.ch/samen_onli...mays-bio-samen

I wonder if they are any good. Perhaps I will try grow some sometime.
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Re: Green mealies (?)

Tfhanks for that reply.

I saw some of the yellow sweet corn in Coop, but at least still covered with the leaves, and bought some. Steamed them in their skins, and they were actually delicious (reminiscent of the South African mealies).

I`ve planted some of the yellow corn in vege garden this year to try it out for myself. I think if cooked in their skins they retain a bit of "lekker" flavour.
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