How To Figure Out The Number Of Ears On A Cornstalk

Maybe you are really into gardening, especially when it comes to growing and harvesting your own crops to bring from garden to table. In particular, you might really enjoy growing corn.

This ever-abundant, starchy vegetable is not only easy to grow, but also extremely useful when it comes to using it in just about any food recipes, from sweet to savory and so much more.

Considering that you are growing them in your backyard, you might be interested in knowing just how many ears of corn are on one stalk. Sounds a bit strange, but you might wonder if a certain number can affect just how the corn grows or not.

In any case, we are here to answer some of your common questions on corn, and get you well on your way to a wonderful growing season. With that said, let’s begin!


Are There Different Kinds Of Corn?


Believe it or not, there are a lot of different types of corn out there. Even more so, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from small to large, tall to short. Here, we list just several of them:

  • Dent corn. Also known as field corn, this specific type of corn is known for its dented top at the kernel. Low in sugar and high in starch, it is often used to feed animals to fatten them up, along with making corn syrup and oil. In some cases, it is used to make plastic products!
  • Hominy. Consisting of a dry texture, hominy is one in which corn is drenched in alkali solution to bring out its vitamins and minerals. It is usually ground up to make masa, which is then used to make corn tortillas for a delicious dish.
  • Polenta. Produced from flint corn, this is a coarse meal that is eaten as mush or fried before eaten. It is actually similar to grits, although grits are actually made from dent corn or hominy.
  • Popcorn. A hit with cinema fans, popcorn is known for its hard, outer shell, which contains a small, starchy area that are inflated when pressure is applied to give you that delicious movie-theater treat. More specifically, steam builds up inside of the kernels when pressure is applied, so then the popcorn “pops.”
  • Sweet corn. Harvested when still in its early stages, sweet corn keeps its sweet taste, as well as being “milky.” They are often eaten as corn on the cob, which makes for an ideal side dish for a summer barbeque.

What Are Corn “Ears?”


In essence, an ear of corn is that spiked area of the starch vegetable which connects the kernel to the plant’s base, which has husks to go along with it. Or, you can see leafy greens sprouting when the corn is harvested after they mature.

How Many Ears Are There On A Cornstalk?

Considering that there are so many depend types of corn out there, it really depends just how many ears there are on a cornstalk? Usually, though, corn contains somewhere between one and two ears, especially that of field corn and sweet corn.

On the other hand, there are exceptions. In fact, some corns can have as many as ten ears! For instance, baby corn has this large amount. It is then harvested to be produced for consumption, from garden to the dinner table.

How Can Corn Be Prepared?

Delicious and wonderfully versatile, corn can be used in just about any recipe out there, from sweet to savory to everything in between. In fact, people have used corn to prepare dishes such as salads, cornbread, and even muffins!

Here, we give you the basics of preparing that tasty, lip-smacking corn-on-the-cob that will satisfy any summer’s night cravings:

Corn On The Cob


  • 8 ears of fresh corn



If husks have not been removed from corn, remove and discard. Use a vegetable brush to remove silks; rinse corn.

In a covered large pot or Dutch oven, cook corn in enough boiling, lightly salted water to cover about 5 minutes or until kernels are tender. Using tongs, remove corn from water and drain on a layer of paper towels. Transfer ears of corn to a serving platter.

Serve warm with butter. Makes 8 servings.​

Source: ​MidWest Living


Overall, corn might come off as a plain starch vegetable, but in actuality is highly diverse and complex in different types, tastes, and uses. By knowing just how many ears there are on the type of corn you want to harvest, it can ensure you that you are growing them well, which in the end will serve well for creating a delicious dish in your kitchen.

Shary Saunders

Shary Saunders is the founder and chief editor of Gardening and landscaping have been her passion for years. You can find Shary on Twitter at @SharySaunders. Read more about Shary here.

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