Fetching, dark purple kernels with great healing potential from a beautiful, drought-resistant corn that matures early, even in the North. Spurred by a vision, devoted corn breeder Dave Christensen has worked over 30 years to create a variety with the highest antioxidant content possible. A Navajo elder told Dave that the black kernels are "for healing," and so he selected for the darkest kernels from grain corn grown in Montana and the surrounding states. One year, Dave and organic farmer Ole Norgaard grew 10 acres — just so they could select from the plants with the blackest kernels! Selected from Dave's previously released corn variety, Painted Mountain, Montana Morado Maize's ancestors have lived in the harsh Montana climate for hundreds of years. They endured short seasons, cold springs, cold falls, and summer droughts. Seed for this hardy corn is produced organically in Montana. It makes excellent cornbread because it is a rare, soft-flour starch that grinds easily. Boil it to make pozole, polenta... the culinary applications are endless. Loosely translated, the name "Montana Morado Maize" means "purple corn from Montana." Ancient morado corn originated in Peru; it is a rare treat to have such a beautiful, anthocyanin-rich variety adapted to latitudes so far north. Plants avg. 5–6' tall and yield 8–10" long thin, cylindrical ears. USDA Certified Organic. Avg. 1,600 seeds/lb. Packet: 100 seeds.