Seed saving: beginner
Cherokee White Eagle Corn (Zea mays var. identada)
White Eagle Cherokee Corn (Zea mays var. indentata): This ancient, rare variety is one of the firsts to be gathered and recorded in the Cherokee Nation Seeds bank. Besides being a representation of Cherokee culture, it is extremely beautiful, the kernels are white and bluish even purple (sometimes the whole "cob"comes in this colour), even the taste is special, like real antique blue corn, sweet and intense. It is a tooth corn, starchy, mainly used for tortillas, through history, however and as almost all of the seeds in Cherokee Nation Seeds Bank, it has been multipurpose, used for rituals and artifacts, too. The name comes from its particular colour and shape, many have claimed to see the shape of an eagle, hence White Eagle.
The plant reaches three meters in height, produces two or more cobs about twenty cm long and stocky, with large grains. The minimum vegetation temperature is 20°C, it is necessary to wait about 110 days from sowing for ripening. A variety to by considered by experts and cooking enthusiasts.