Variety from Peru
Variety from Peru
"K'uyu Chuspi" Corn has a softer shell and interior, and for this reason, is most widely used as a toasted (cancha). This unusual Giant kernel corn is grown for popping. The robust kernels explode when heated Having not enough
"K'uyu Chuspi" Corn has a softer shell and interior, and for this reason, is most widely used as a toasted (cancha).
This unusual Giant kernel corn is grown for popping. The robust kernels explode when heated Having not enough force to jump out of the pot. Unlike the popcorn that most of us are used to, "K'uyu Chuspi" corn does not “pop” all the way, instead, the heart stays meaty and “puffy” with a nice toasted flavor. Being from the Andes, this is surely another long season corn that is most adapted to short daylengths.
"K'uyu Chuspi" corn is a native variety of Peru and the provinces of Jujuy and Salta, in North-western Argentina. Its spikes are oval to conical in shape, with numerous rows of 18 to 24 kernels each. The grains are long, narrow, containing starch in the heel and dextrin or sugar at the apex and becoming wrinkled when mature.
"K'uyu Chuspi" corn is still produced in its native area by farmers of pre-Hispanic origin, who traditionally use it as a food reserve for the winter. Its roasted grains are eaten as they are or together with goat cheese, another product of the region. In addition, it can also be transformed into a typical breakfast drink. Finally, its green ears, called ‘choclos’, can be occasionally consumed boiled in water or roasted, their taste being sweeter than the mature ones as they feature a higher sugar content.
This seed is quite lovely to look at. Very fast shipping times too! I haven’t grown it out yet as I ordered it late in my growing season. I have had a very difficult time researching this variety but the most useful source I have found is a YouTube channel run by Matt XXXX called the xxxxxxxxxxx. He has several videos about growing speckled Peruvian Corn.
My belief is that this variety may need serious acclimation to my climate before I can plant it normally. I’m planning to grow my first crop in buckets and in shade to mimic the short days of a Peruvian mountain valley. The buckets are so I can start the seeds while it is still cold here because they may need a longer growing season than I have. I plan to update this review after the 2021 growing season.