Bicolor Mirai® 301BC Corn Seeds

Bicolor Mirai® 301BC Corn Seeds

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The Corn that Everyone's Talking About!


By far the sweetest-tasting corn ever grown, and also the most tender!

Genus: Zea
Species: mays var. rugosa
Variety: Bicolor Mirai 301BC
Item Form: (P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Days To Maturity: 72
Fruit Color: White
Habit: Upright
Seeds Per Pack: 100
Plant Height: 7 ft
Additional Characteristics: Direct Sow, Edible
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Resistance: Rust, Stewart's Wilt
Soil Tolerance: Normal,  loamy
Uses: Cuisine


74 days. Its name means "the future is almost here," but once you taste your first bite of Mirai Bicolor Corn, you'll know that's wrong -- the future IS here, and its name is Mirai! This ultra supersweet corn is so sugary and succulent that it gives new meaning to the term "caramel corn"!

The story of this corn's wild popularity is incredible. It was bred on the Ahrens family farm in Illinois by J. David Mackenzie, a plantsman from Cornell University. As the economy worsened for family farms in the early 1990s, the Ahrenses hired Mackenzie to research new strains of sweet corn for market use. When he discovered Mirai, he was really just trying to create a more disease-resistant variety. But one taste changed all that.

At first, the new corn didn't seem marketable. It needs to be hand-picked, which ruled out production by the huge commercial farms in the U.S. So Mackenzie introduced it instead to Japan, where small "boutique" farms are common, and many crops are still picked by hand. Within a few years Mirai had become the bestselling sweet corn in Japan, capturing an amazing 35% of the market from all other varieties! (That's where it got its name, too. Mirai (pronounced me-RYE) also means "taste"!)

Once small American farms and roadside produce operations heard of Mirai's success in Japan (where it made headlines), everyone wanted the seed. But until now, the breeders have wisely released only a small amount of seed, continuing to test and trial it. The results have been spectacular -- and those farmers' markets lucky enough to grow Mirai have been besieged by long lines all season long! It's not uncommon for folks to drive 100 miles or more to wait in line for Mirai -- and it is especially popular with older corn-lovers, because it is so gentle on the teeth or dentures.

Needless to say, we are delighted to make this remarkable corn available from seed to our Park gardeners!These ears are 8 inches long, with good "tip fill" (meaning that the kernels stay plump and delicious all the way to the end of the ear instead of petering out!) and excellent coverage by dark green husks. Once picked, the ears last up to 6 weeks if refrigerated! (But you'll eat every last one LONG before then!) The 6-foot plants are very, very heavy-yielding, and show good resistance to Stewart's Wilt and common rust.

Our Director of Seeds had the opportunity to sample Mirai last summer, and began negotiating to buy the seed that same day. "I have never tasted anything like it in my life," she tells us. "I sampled it raw in the field, and it was all I could do not to eat the entire cob!"

Mirai is as easy to grow as other corn, but it must be isolated from other varieties (EXCEPT other Supersweets) by at least 50 feet. This is important -- the plants will grow and set fruit just fine if grown among other varieties, but they will cross-pollinate and you won't be harvesting the true Mirai If you want to continue growing other varieties as well as Mirai, just plant Mirai at least 2 weeks after the others. (It appreciates warmer soil anyway!)

Because Mirai is low on starch content, work some amendments into the soil before planting these seeds, and be sure to wait until the soil has thoroughly warmed in spring before sowing seed. Sow it a bit more shallowly (about 1¼ inches) than you would other corn, and space the plants a bit farther apart. Keep the moisture level as constant as possible during the growth season. Let the ears mature fully, following the old rules about waiting 3 weeks after the silks appear, checking that the silks are brown and brittle before picking, and then squeezing a kernel from the tip of a sample ear to make sure that it's full of milky liquid. Mirai acquires its fabulous flavor during the final weeks of growth, so harvesting at full maturity is very important!

The best flavor emerges when Mirai is boiled for no more than 2 minutes, or grilled into a sugary-sweet confection. It is delectable raw too, but you'll notice the sweetest flavor when it is just barely cooked. Whoever thought that corn could be such a gourmet delicacy? Pkt is 100 seeds.



Superior Germination Through Superior Science

Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

Superior Standards - University Inspected

Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

Hand Packed By Experienced Technicians

Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

The Park Seed Gold Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!

How do I place an order?

​​Now our shopping cart is working quite properly, so you are welcome to place orders online, if you find the seed(s) you are looking for. If you cannot find what you are looking for from our online store, or the quantity you want is not available, please contact us by email ([email protected]). We are ready to source plants seeds online for you from China.



Payment and Shipping

At the moment, the easiest way of payment for us is Paypal. If you dont have paypal, you can also contact us for possibility of other options like Western Union, Bank trasnfer etc.
We ship seeds via Express Mail Service of Chinese Post Office. This takes around 7-30 days to reach most countries in the world. Please notice us if you want to use different way of shipping. But kindly be aware that international currier like DHL, UPS, Fedex, TNT cannot ship seeds easily from China. So normally we dont use their service for plant seeds for sale online delivery.



Returns & Refunds

If seeds fail to leave China, we will refund your payment 100%. But if seeds fail to reach you due to customs problem on your side which we were not informed in advance, we will not be able to bear any loss, and no refund will be made.
We sell only viable plants seeds online, and test germination of our seeds from time to time. So we will not be able to refund for seeds that clients fail to germinate, unless we are convinced that it's truly problem of our seeds.
Our mission is to supply fresh and true seeds from China. If any Plant seeds for sale online from us turn out to be wrong ones, we will refund you 100%.

Review

By: ***Lisa Date Added: 03/23/2020 Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
My Dad always loved this variety of corn so I decided to grow it as well and this vendor had the absolute best price. Had no idea what I was doing...planted it early - inside in peat pellets as I have a small vegetable garden area and had EXCELLENT germination - close to 100%. Haven't harvested any yet. Can't wait!
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