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In his search to reconnect with his Native American heritage, Oklahoma farmer Carl Barnes pursued old, native varieties of corn. In doing so he discovered a brilliant variety of corn now known as Glass Gem Corn that appears gem-like. This totally natural strain is a myriad of gem-like colours, and in almost having lost the strain, a true testament to bio-diversity.

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Barnes refocused on the strains of seeds hitherto ignored by his ancestors. He then took it upon himself to reintroduce specific corn types to the elders of Native American tribes, in effect helping them to reclaim their cultural identity (the corn literally giving sense to who they were).

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Glass Gem Corn kernels have a tough outer layer and are not typically enjoyed as ‘corn on the cob’! However, they can be used as corn flour or popped for delicious popcorn. If you fancy trying a packet, the corn seeds can be purchased for $4.95 here, with profits going back to the organization. Enjoy!} else {

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