Carl Barnes, a half-Cherokee Oklahoma farmer, died in 2016. His life was full of joy. Barnes was determined to connect with his Native American roots, and so he grew a multicolored corn variety, now called Glass Gem corn.
Barnes started growing older varieties of corn in his adult years to reconnect with his roots. These were the ones that Barnes was able to identify traditional varieties that Native American tribes had lost.
Barnes also began saving and replanting seeds from colored cobs, which eventually led to rainbow-colored corn.
Greg Schoen was fascinated by Barnes’ vibrant corn variety in 1994 and met Barnes. Schoen would plant the same variety, which he named “Glass Gem” later.
Mixing rainbow corn with other varieties creates new strains. The type grew in vibrant colors and patterns with each successive year of planting.
Because of its hard outer layer, the colorful corn variety is sometimes called flint corn. It has a high starch level and is known as flint corn.
Glass Gems, unlike sweet corn, are not usually eaten from the cob. The variety is primarily ornamental.
Rainbow Corn In Food
This amazing rainbow corn elevates food porn to a whole new level.
Pictures of colorful food were shared widely on the internet. There is even a Facebook group about this unusual food trend.
The images aren’t photoshopped. Rainbow corn is a food phenomenon called Glass Gem.
It’s easy for anyone to understand why the buzz surrounds its opalescent kernels. Native Seeds explains that this is truly amazing maize.
This is not a Photoshop scam. It’s just as nice in person as it is on the computer screen. It’s almost like opening a gift box and seeing the rainbow of colors inside. This is a gift meant to be shared.
They said that many people had contacted them looking for Glass Gem seed. This rare variety is in high demand.
There’s a lot to get hyped about in the world of ornamental corn this year, with new varieties that include a stunningly pretty Indian corn called Earthtones.
Its name hardly describes its palette of shimmering pastels, including pink and lavender, blue, gold, and even an almost turquoise hue. It is more akin to a rainbow than anything earthbound.