Is the day ever really complete without a Beavis and Butthead reference?
Bush knows what to do with an ear of corn, but why is he eating raw corn that isn't ripe?
Next time John Kerry goes to the corn belt, he won't ask people to lend him their ears.
Sam, as soon as an ear of sweet corn is picked, the sugars begin breaking down into starch.
Sweet corn picked at 80 degrees will continue to respire at a rapid pace, releasing 400 milligrams of CO2 per hour. This CO2 is being generated by the breakdown of sugars. The more respiration continues, the more that sweet corn becomes "unsweet" corn. Cooling corn from 80 to 70 degrees cuts the respiration rate in half. I pick my corn in the cool of the evening and then immediately pack it in a crate with a jug of ice in the center and topped off with crushed ice. Twelve hours later, I'm selling it at the farmers' market and my customers can't get over how sweet and delicious it is.
There are newer hybrid varieties
that have a slower sugar breakdown rate. But, no matter how much the rate is slowed down, it isn't stopped; so an ear of corn is always sweetest right after it is pulled from the stalk.
As to whether that ear Bush is gnawing on is ripe or not, not all corn is yellow with large kernals, there are plenty of varieties of white sweet corn.
Down on the farm, we'd get a large steel tub and put some ice water in the bottom. Then we'd pick enough sweet corn to fill the tub with ears packed so the tops would be up until we were ready to cook them later that evening. That was before any of us knew what Lynxx has decribed. Just some of that folk wisdom those of us in flyover country have, I guess.
That's what I meant by soused ears, by the way. Sometimes I'm just far, far too obscure.
I grew up on a farm with all kinds of corn, and I understand there are many varieties and many people prefer young corn as well. It just appears to me that Bush is eating raw corn because the silk is still intact. Here in WI, that just ain't how we do it.