Today, corn has been incorporated into the American diet in many ways. The use of high fructose corn syrup and other refined corn products are not beneficial to American’s health. However, fresh corn is a different story. Corn, like all other vegetables, is packed full of vital nutrients and phytochemicals. Fresh corn has high amounts of fiber, folate, thiamin, and may be linked to better cardiovascular health. Plus, it is delicious, especially when prepared fresh from the field! 
Late summer and early fall is the best time to find corn from your local vendors. By the beginning of August, growers at farmer’s markets and co-ops will be brining their harvest to sell. It is best to buy corn as fresh as possible. Be sure to ask your vendor when this corn was harvested. It should have been picked from the field no more that 24 hours before making it to the market.
• Roasted Fresh Corn, Poblano, and Cheddar Pizza : A delicious summer pizza that is perfect for family night or date night.
• Bean and Corn Salsa : This nutrient packed condiment can accompany chips or top off a grilled chicken breast.
• Grilled Corn on the Cob : Nothing beats fresh corn that has been grilled! It’s a delicious and nutritious late summer side.
If you are feeling adventurous, ice cream can even be made with corn! Give Sweet Corn Ice Cream  a try and let me know what you think!
Research Assistance by Kaylee O’Connell