(red and white) 120 days [Originally brought to s. Texas by German farmers who migrated from Appalachia during the late 19th century. Descendants of these farmers maintain flocks of turkeys, and the birds are let into the cornfields to eat the corn right off the cobs.] Stalks average 8 ft. tall, 2 ears per stalk, containing 18-22 rows of narrow kernels, compactly united from the cob to the surface. Although it is susceptible to smut, it is resistant to other diseases, withstands drought, and does well in clay soil. This gourdseed variety closely approximates original gourdseed characteristics. In s. Texas, this is considered to be the best choice for tortilla flour. Louise Divine and Herman Holley of Turkey Hill Farm in Florida say it makes the best grits! They’ve been growing it since 2010, and with some genetic drift and selection, their patch now makes ~20-25% red ears. (Interestingly, a stalk has either all red corn, or all white corn!) Pkt

In a 2011 corn trial at the Kerr Center in Oklahoma, in an awful summer of flooding and then drought, Texas Gourdseed survived the best -- read their report here >>

Read more about Texas Gourdseed corn in this Mother Earth News article >>

  • Item # 41506

Gourdseed Corn

Zea mays
Please refer to our Corn Growing Guide for cultural information.
Packet: 1½ oz (42g) (about 100 seeds) sows 50'.