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The 5-Second Trick to Picking the Best Corn on the Cob
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

If you’ve ever gone all What About Bob? on an ear of golden, in-season (hand-shucked) corn, then you know the pleasures of America’s favorite summer crop. But how to pick the best batch at the farmers' market? Here’s a nifty trick we picked up from Maria Marlowe, author of the forthcoming Real Food Grocery.

Step 1: Grab the stem. It should be moist. If it’s not, move on.

Step 2: Look at the kernels. They should be evenly spaced and round.

Step 3: Purchase, shuck, boil and eat!

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