مزارع اميركي يزرع ذرة ملونة ضخمة

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2019.06.25 10:04



                                                                                                                                                                                                   مزارع اميركي يزرع ذرة ملونة
حبات ذرة ملوّنة طبيعياً
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  أشارت صحيفة "الديلي ميل" البريطانية إلى ان "حبات من الذرة الملونة طبيعياً نبتت في حقل مزارع أميركي إكتشفها بالصدفة، والآن أصبحت هذه السلالة الفريدة من نوعها متاحة للشراء عبر الإنترنت، وعليها طلبات كثيرة من أصحاب المزارع الذين يحرصون على إضافة لمسة من اللون على حقولهم".
وأضافت ان "هذه الأكواز الملونة من الذرة نبتت في أوكلاهوما، حيث فكر المزارع في جمع حبات من الذرة الملونة مع بعضهم، وخلال سنوات من البحث والدراسة، تمكّن من إنتاج الذرة التي تجمع عدداً كبيراً من الألوان في "كوز" واحد".
كما لفتت إلى ان "حبات هذه الذرة تتميز بأنها جذابة جداً، وتبدو كلعبة أطفال ملونة، ويتم الإستعانة بها لتزيين المنزل".

 

 

 

 

What would the Jolly Green Giant say? Native American farmer grows amazing multi-coloured corn Glass Gem corn developed by Carl Barnes was passed on after his death Now the seeds are available online and have attracted huge demand

By Daily Mail Reporter


These extraordinary images may appear to show colourful boiled sweets or even glass beads - but in fact, they show specially bred ears of corn.

Glass Gem corn was developed by a Native American farmer who noticed that every so often, a cob showed signs of unusual colouring shining through.

Now the unique strain is available for purchase online, and is in hot demand from gardeners keen to add a touch of colour to their vegetable patch.


 

Colourful: This extraordinary Glass Gem corn was bred naturally by a part-Cherokee farmer

 

 

Unique: The corn was developed from ears with natural splashes of colour which were then bred together

 

 

Gleaming: The kernels are so brightly coloured that they look like precious stones or glass beads

 

 

Bright: The colours which make up the corn include blazing red and black as well as the usual golden

 

The crop originates from Oklahoma, where part-Cherokee farmer Carl Barnes had the idea of gathering colourful ears of corn and breeding them together.

As the years went on, he managed to produce corn displaying dozens of different colours on a single cob.

 

Shortly before he died, Mr Barnes passed on his seed collection and breeding know-how to his friend Greg Schoen and asked him to safeguard the Glass Gem tradition.

In 2010, Mr Schoen decided he had to find a permanent home for the collection, and gave the seeds to Bill McDorman, owner of a small seed comany in Arizona.

 

Blue: One strain produces corn with deep blue kernels as well as some which are almost white

 

 

Contrast: The different varieties of Glass Gem can appear starkly divergent from one another

 

 

Popular: Native Seeds/SEARCH, which sells the corn, frequently sells out thanks to the high demand

 

 

On the branch: Despite its rainbow colours, Glass Gem is grown in the same way as other types of corn

 

I was blown away, Mr McDorman said of the first time he grew Glass Gem corn. No one had ever seen corn like this before.

The seedsman is now head of Native Seeds/SEARCH, a non-profit organisation which seeks to preserve the agricultural heritage of the Native Americans.

The organisation sells Glass Gem seeds through its website for $7.95 (£4.90) per packet, although they are so highly sought-after that they are frequently sold out.

The corn can be used to make flour or popcorn, although it is not recommended to eat it straight off the cob.

 
Amazing naturally multi-coloured Glass Gem sweet corn
 
 

Attractive: From some angles, the corn looks just like a colourful childrens toy

 

 

Appetising: Glass Gem should not be eaten off the cob, but can be turned into flour or popcorn

 

 

Tradition: Buyers are encouraged to keep the seeds in order to stop the corn strain dying out

 

 

Ruby-red: This is one of the most striking-looking plants produced by the seeds

 

Most customers apparently use Glass Gem as an innovative gift which can be displayed as an ornament around the house.

Additionally, Native Seeds encourages buyers to save their favourite strands of the corn to replant in order to continue the Glass Gem tradition.

Mr McDorman said: As Carl Barnes has taught us, all it takes is one person to create a more colourful, diverse and abundant world - one seed at a time.

 

Green shoots: This slender plant will eventually grow up to produce ears of multi-coloured corn

 

 

All wrapped up: The corn is surrounded by green leaves before breaking out of its shell

 

 

Pioneer: Carl Barnes spent years developing Glass Gem corn and passed the secret on before he died

 

 

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