Let me start out by saying that I am a corn fanatic! I have been searching for the best tasting corn variety and I believe that I have found it with the Mirai from Parks www.parkseed.com . I grew the bi-color Mirai this year and have never received so many complements about my corn. I also entered the corn in my counties local fair and am pleased to announce that the Mirai took first place. Needless to say I will be purchasing this corn again next year
I ordered the white corn version of the Mirai corn. My parents live in Indiana and although they are 82 years old they grow a large garden every year. When I mentioned to my Dad that I had some new kind of corn seeds www.parkseed.com he couldn't wait for me to bring them over. We planted them in a special section of the garden and every seed we planted came up. The plants were tall and green despite the fact that it was very hot and dry this season. Everyone who tasted it agreed the corn was the best they had ever tasted. I give my parents gift certificates every year for Christmas from your company. My Mom orders flowers and my Dad orders vegetables. They look forward to my gift every year. Now they have me hooked on Park Seeds also.
Last year we raised one package of bi-colored Mirai to try it out. Next year it will be the whole field of Mirai www.parkseed.com . That is some fantastic corn. Long fully complete ears with every kernel pollinated right up to the tip. So sweet you could eat it raw. I gave some away to my neighbors and the next day they were knocking on the front door asking for more, PLEASE. Many stalks had two well developed ears each. The germination rate was well up there as I grew it along side Butterfruit bi-colored which I have grown for years and Mirai out did it. It went so fast I neglected to get pictures or enter it into the local fair. That is one blue ribbon I did not get, but would have.
Roy and Susan WA
My husband and I had a little competition going this year! He has always grown Silver Queen and been quite successful, while I'm generally the flower gardener in the family.
This year, though, I was intrigued by your e-mail newsletter which included the instructions for the Three Sisters, so I made 30 hills with the Mirai corn as the centerpiece of each one. I also planted pole beans, winter squash and pie pumpkins (all seeds from Park www.parkseed.com ) which all produced abundantly. It was the corn that surprised us, both, the most! Every single stalk produced at least two delicious ears, so we had a wonderful yield. The flavor and texture was absolutely incredible. Even when we cut it off the cob and used it for creamed corn, it was still sweet and crunchy, not "chewy" as some corn tends to be.
Next year I will plant even more, and, by the way, hubby's Silver Queen didn't do nearly as well...LOL!
I'm attaching a picture of "my" garden showing my Three Sisters....
I have grown Mirai yellow and Mirai bicolor corn www.parkseed.com for the past two years. The corn is prolific and every ear is perfectly developed right to the tip. The taste is delicious, and I particularly like the fact that it remains perfectly ripe without getting overripe and starchy for quite some time. I have never eaten one that tasted overripe.
I almost didn’t grow corn this year. Last year’s crop was a disaster – barely a half dozen ears from my small plot. Gardening here in western Washington can be tricky, since the growing season is so short, and the weather so cool. However, I decided to give it one more shot with yellow Mirai corn. What a resounding success! Each stalk had one or two huge cobs of the most delicious and tender corn I have ever eaten. Usually the corn I end up growing is small and obviously home-grown, but these ears were superior in size, and definitely so in taste and texture to those I purchase at the market. My stomach is now full of delectable corn, and my freezer stocked with more to enjoy for the rest of winter. My corn plot is definitely expanding next spring! Thanks, Park Seed www.parkseed.com !!
I planted 1000 seeds of Mirai yellow and 1000 seeds of Mirai bicolor. I was impressed with the size of the ears and the no. of ears per plant, not just one ear. The taste was excellent and the sweetness seemed to last longer than the SE types I normally plant. I plan to plant Mirai again next season if Park Seed www.parkseed.com offers it for 2008.
Hi Park people!
I grew the Mirai corn this year. Had I known you were interested in details, I would have kept a better record of soil content, watering, date planted and date harvested. As it was, I just enjoyed the corn!
This year was the first year that we have grown corn successfully in our back yard. It was also the first time we ever attempted mirai corn. I planted about 50 plants in a square plot. The only amendment to the heavy clay soil was calcium, 555 granular, and leaf compost. I used about twice the calcium the recommendations called for. The corn grew fantastically! I had one problem, and this problem limited my harvest. I am new to Kansas. I moved here from Northern California and I am not accustomed to the pests of this area. Indeed, the Midwest is pest heavy by comparison! I used mostly organic methods to control pests in the foothills near Sacramento, but here in Kansas, the bugs just seem to laugh at my organic attempts. My corn was heavily attacked by worms. Most of the corn was ok the first couple days of harvesting, but within a few days of ripening the entire plot was killed. We were able to salvage a few fully ripened ears that managed to avoid attack somehow, and they were SOOOO GOOOOD! This made it worth the effort, and now we know we will have to be more aggressive about pest control.
Incidentally, right next to the corn was my giant pumpkin. This year I was able to grow my personal best: 250 pounds. It, too, was attacked by pests, squash beetles and squash vine borers, but managed to survive up until one week before the state fair. Mice got it. Darn! It turns out that I would have got 5th place this year, the best I have ever done! (o: Like I said, next year we are going to be a bit more aggressive against the pests in the garden.
We will definitely be growing Mirai again, too. By the way, out of the 72 corn seeds we started, 70 came up! That is the best we have ever had, too! The Mirai corn is tops for us. Thank you for selling such a great product! www.parkseed.com
The absolute best corn I have ever eaten! www.parkseed.com What a fabulous variety! I'll raise it again next year!
I purchased a package of yellow Mirai Corn www.parkseed.com for my neighbor. He planted the package and it came up but we had an abundance of rabbits this year, so they did a number on his corn. The corn that he did get from the plants that survived he gave me four ears of the corn and it was one of the best eating sweet corn that I have had. I think I will trying to grow some in my own garden this year and look for a way to keep the rabbits from eating the tender shoots.
Joan North Dakota
We did not grow Mirai this year; we grew it last year when it was offered as an internet exclusive. We have to have given it one of the most difficult trials it has had. Though we have gardened extensively for years, it had been a long time since we grew corn and our vegetable garden had been in grass for about ten years. To grow the corn, my husband rototilled four rows, leaving grass (lawn) between them. We then planted our one packet of
corn. Germination was excellent but when the plants were about a foot tall some wandering deer took a liking to some of them and chewed off the tops of about ten percent of the plants. They must not have tasted good because that was the last time they dined in our garden. We filled in the empty spots with bell pepper plants. The remaining plants produced delicious full-sized, filled out ears of corn that we picked only as we needed them - and, since there are only two of us, that wasn't often. We have never had sweet corn that lasted so long in the garden or in the refrigerator without getting tough or losing sweetness. This is truly a miracle corn www.parkseed.com . If we had not been away from home so much this year, we would have planted it again. We are looking forward to having it next season.
A grower with a roadside market says his customers stop him on the streets in the winter and talk to him about Mirai. They can’t wait for Mirai season. He said “My customers will run me out of the county if I do not grow Mirai.”
A local gardener who has grown Mirai for several years and has shared many stories said this fall, “I picked the last of my third planting of Mirai about October 10 and carefully placed them in the refrigerator. I took the last of the ears out the middle of November to give a treat to my horses. While standing at the fence I took a bite, took the Mirai back into to house and returned just the bare cobs to my horses. I should have put in a fourth planting”.
“At our roadside stand, sweet corn sales are up 100 crates a day since our customers discovered Mirai taste. Customer reaction is unbelievable! After the newspaper wrote about Mirai, our parking lot started filling during the week just like it does on Saturdays.”
“We doubled the retail price of Mirai right from the start. We gave a free ear of Mirai to every customer buying regular corn-now 60% of our volume at the stand is Mirai! The 100% premium price has been established for 3 years now.”
A friend visiting our farm loved the taste of Mirai and wanted to take 18 ears to her husband who “doesn’t eat corn”. When she got home his reaction was “I’ll give this to our neighbors.” He tried an ear and his neighbors lost out!
Diners at a resort restaurant receive complimentary servings of Mirai! A server travels from table to table with a platter of “the best sweet corn in the world”. This is a great strategy for increasing word-of-mouth and repeat business.”
“Daddy is this the good corn?” are the comments from another Mirai customer.