So, each year I plant a garden and now everything is starting to ripen...including my Golden Bantam corn. I know corn is not really considered paleo but why? Should I peddle my corn to the neighbors or can I enjoy it myself?
I see the corn that you grow yourself as a veg definitely paleo. The corn that we normally think of around here (HFCS, corn meal, corn oil, Fritos TM) is SO different from a nice ear of sweet corn.
A good ear of sweet corn might be nicer with a little heat, some butter and salt, but you can still pull it right out of the ground, shuck it and bite right in. I am reminded of the scene in King Corn when the guy does that with his industrialized crop corn, and then immediately spits it out and talks about how dry and bland and overall gross it is.
Treat them as two different plants, cause they kinda are.
Corn may be a grain, but as for me, I eat seasonally, so corn is definitely something I'll eat in the summer. And I'll enjoy the heck out of it while I'm eating it. but it isn't a staple in my diet, by any means. So enjoy it!!
I don't know if it aligns with the hardcore paleo orthodoxy but you could also make it Mexican-street style by spreading a homemade mayonnaise on it and some freshly grated Parmesean cheese or Cotija cheese, lime juice and butter.
Something akin to this: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Mexican-Street-Corn-235768
Not sure of the nutrient profile for that serving but it could be a good platform for ingesting fats.
Corn is ultimately a grain, and store bought corn you can count on being grown from GMO seeds, but the real issue with corn is it's indigestibility. It lacks nutrients and basically only puts stress on your GI tract while trying to digest it, think about the last time you ate corn and (pardon the yuck) used the bathroom....right? Your body doesn't break it down whatsoever. So the Paleo problem with corn is that it does nothing for your system/body/health and also is higher on the Glycemic Index, therefor causing unwanted insulin spikes....
By definition, corn is actually a seed bearing fruit. But people call it a grain, and generally speaking, it's treated as a vegetable.
The biggest problem with corn, in my opinion, is that the vast majority of it in 2011 is genetically modified (GMO). You planted this in your garden, which immediately means it's going to be better because you control the process and it's maximum fresh. But something you may want to look into >> Is the corn you are planting in yoru garden GMO?
You are really probably not going to drop dead from eating GMO corn. You may not even get sick or anything. But I am just not a proponent of eating things that have been genetically modified by stupid people.
The other issue you could take with corn is the O6 content, but in fresh corn cobs, you probably have nothing to worry with that.
Smash some pasture butter on there, sprinkle a little sea salt and crack some peppercorns on that action, and then I say do both! Eat it yourself, and allow your neighbors to delight in it as well.
If you think you can eat corn without consequence then google Pellagra. Europeans eating corn non- traditionally became extremely ill. "Between 1906 and 1940 more than 3 million Americans were affected by pellagra with more than 100,000 deaths" .