Parching Red Manna

Crop: Corn (Zea mays)

Use/Type: Flour

Breeder: Carol Deppe Fertile Valley Seeds

OSSI Pledge Date: January 2016

Release Date: January 2016

Bred for Organic Systems: Yes

Commercial Availability: Yes

Variety Type: Finished Variety


‘Parching Red Manna’ flour corn. 85 days. 5’ tall. Bred for organic systems. A selection from ‘Magic Manna’ flour corn having about half or more red or pink ears, the rest of the ears of all the colors typical of ‘Magic Manna’. Sister variety to ‘Magic Manna’ and the other Manna varieties. (Can be grown in the same field with no isolation. Just eat the edge rows where blocks come together; a little friendly gene migration between blocks doesn’t matter.) Has a white endosperm, clear aleurone, and is variable for pericarp color. For info on how to parch parching corn see The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times. I love parched corn and a chunk of cheese for breakfast, or as travel food. Parched corn holds for more than two months at room temperature without going rancid. See listing on ‘Magic Manna’ for other uses. Seed saving info: Same as for ‘Magic Manna’ except select for red/pink ear color. Bred by Carol Deppe.

Availability from OSSI Seed Company Partners