This Rainbow-Colored Corn Is Totally Real And Natural, Here’s How You Can Grow It

These multi-colored corn may look fake and artificial — but they’re 100% all-natural.

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The stunning Glass Gem corn has brilliantly bold colored kernals that taste as good as they look.

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This variety of sweetcorn is the result of heirloom-style farming as well as selective planting.

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It all began in Oklahoma, where farmer Carl Barnes — a half-Cherokee Native American — began growing older varieties of corn as a way to reconnect to his roots.

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He managed to isolate heirloom corn seeds and began sharing and exchanging the ancient corn seeds with people across the country, while continuing to select for more colorful varieties.

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And so the dazzling rainbow corn was born.

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The seeds soon found their way to Bill McDorman, owner of Arizona-based Seed Trust and executive director of Native Seeds/SEARCH. The non-profit conservation organization now sells the seeds online.

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So you, too, can grow these magnificent plants.

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Be sure to check out the Glass Gem Facebook page — it’s filled with photos from people who have planted and harvested their own Glass Gem corn.

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