Yes, this is a real edible ear of corn. I was surprised when I saw red corn for the first time. For the last 35 years of my life I’ve only eaten yellow or white corn. This red corn really rocked my normal corn-eating world!
I wanted to make some kind of fancy recipe with it, but I stopped myself. I really just wanted to taste the true flavor of this oddly-colored corn. I simply boiled it and rolled it on my stick of butter with some salt. The difference in taste is very subtle. It’s a bit more woodsy and creamier than regular corn. To be honest, in a blind taste test I don’t think I could pick out the red corn.
Where was this corn on the 4th of July?! I could have made a really cool looking corn salad to match the holiday colors. I guess I’ll have to wait til next year.
Here is a better picture of the corn with a truer color. I had the midday sun in the kitchen and it threw off the hue.