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Baby Corn

Also Known As : Young corn, cornlets,baby sweetcorn
Technical Name : Zea mays L.


Taste Profile

Baby corn has a mild taste because the sugars have yet to develop.

Usage Tips

  1. It can be used for making stir fries, soups and salads.
  2. Baby corn can be pickled and canned as well.
  3. Steamed baby corn could be used as a side dish topped with a bit of olive oil or butter and a pinch of salt.
  4. It can be steamed and sautéed to serve.
  5. It is a common ingredient for pizza, pasta and savory sauces
  6. Store it in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Common names and forms

  1. Babycorn


Baby corns are small-sized regular corns that are picked before maturing. It has very flexible ear with its kernels extremely small, still firmly attached to the core. It is just a miniature version of the typical corn on the cob roasted at late summer barbeques. Baby corn is generally grown and harvested for the novelty of its size. It is picked at a very early point in the growing process, before fertilization, than the regular corns. Fresh baby corn has a crisp texture and slightly sweet corn flavor. Earlier, baby corn was a delicacy and its recipes were available only in star hotels and big restaurants. Now, it is becoming popular even among masses due to the revolution in information technology, increase in baby corn production and hence easy availability in the market.

Health benefits

  • Baby corn is very low in calories and full of beneficial fibers. It adds bulk to the stool and aids in bowel regularity. This induces a feeling of fullness and prevents from bingeing into other high-fat foods. (1) 
  • Yellow baby corn, much like the matured corn has a decent amount of carotenoids. These carotenoids support eye health and lower the risk of cataracts. (1) 
  • It is a rich source of folate. The folic acid is said to play an important role in preventing neural-tube birth defects in the fetus. (1) 
  • Baby corn is a good source of different nutrients. It also contains fibers and protein as well as vital antioxidants. (2)
  • Being a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fiber it stimulates bowel movements and aids the process of digestion. (2)

Selection Guide

While choosing baby corn select golden brown bright yellow-colored fresh corn. If choosing canned corns make sure to check “use by” date.


People who are generally at risk of heart diseases should not eat food that is cooked in corn oil as it can accelerate the problems. For instance, corn syrup should be avoided in such conditions. is considered worse than sugar and is identified as a leading cause of obesity in many nations. (3)

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