October 8, 2011

The KING of the CORN.

We got up early today and went to the Jean Talon Market. Man, I love it there. We picked up a few dozen corn on the cob - fresh farm picked from Le Roi du Maïs* - with no pesticides. How awesome is that?
*The King of Corn.

So this evening I'm shucking this fabulously fresh pesticide free sweet corn thinking about butter and I get to about the 9th cob. I peel back the leaves and notice a tiny dark spot on the tip. So I take a closer look and the darn thing begins to extrude itself from the corn right before my very eyes. A worm! And it's waving at me!

"AAAAAAAAA!" I screamed and dropped the corn into the sink. Everyone came running.

Now you may not know this about me but I'm squeamish when it comes to larvae of any kind, including caterpillars. Something about their undulating, blobby shapes just makes me wanna hurl. BLEGH!

The 17 year old daughter felt sorry for the worm so she scooped him up and found him a cozy spot in the garden compost. As for me, I totally lost my appetite for a whole ten minutes. I was truly grossed out. But even so, I was thinking, wow, this pesticide free corn means I might encounter a pest or two. Hmmmm....

Folks, squeamish as I am, I'll take the pests over the pesticides any day.

Vive Le Roi du Maïs!

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  1. A-Maize-ing!


  2. eeeew... Eeew... EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWW!!! Thank you for helping me stick with my "no more late night snack" plan.... eeeeewww... and also for helping me remember to go and brush my teeth. I feel the need too now. :-P
    BTW - I am sooo sorry. Now I have to go brush.

  3. I'll never forget the day I served a very important couple dinner at our house, with homegrown organic broccoli.

    I think you can picture the lady's face when the critter smiled up at her? ;)

    Good one, JC!

  4. Hopefully it didn't make home inside that corn or lay any eggs...

  5. When I was a kid, we had a big garden and in it we grew corn... my mother always told me by the time you boil the corn, you cant taste the difference. I always eye my corn very carefully now before I eat it.

  6. Ugh! XC

    I really enjoy visiting your blog, the content feels light and nice. Although discussions with worms are....something else. haha

  7. Paula - so the critter was still alive? That's a relief...once I got a plateful of broccoli with a boiled grub on it. It was definitely not smiling or waving. I'm still traumatized. Blegh.

  8. Rachel and Megs - I think the lesson here is not to look too closely at your food! LOL!

  9. Hey Jazz - Never try to squirm out of a discussion with a worm. Especially if it's wearing a crown =]


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