Interesting name, right? The name comes from the red color of this corn which, to some, looks like the blood spots on a butcher’s apron.
This is not an easy variety of organic heirloom, open-pollinated, dent corn to grow, it’s rather tall and easily knocked over in a storm. Years ago this corn was grown primarily in Virginia. Recently a farmer from NW Iowa informed us that he had a supply of this corn and we are happy to now offer it to our customers.
This corn is known for its unique buttery flavor. Use it as you would any cornmeal. It makes great grits, cornmeal, cornbread,and polenta. There is something special about the cornbread made from this coarsely-ground meal. It has a unique gritty texture and there is an earthier, more complex taste than other ground cornmeal. It is also used as an addition to wheat bread. Use the whole grain meal soften and hydrate in boiling water before folding it into a naturally leavened wheat dough base to make Polenta Bread.
Heirloom varieties such as this contain as much as 50% more protein value than their hybrid cousins, and present a broader range of minerals, and in the case of the purple corn varieties, a high level of anti-oxidants.
We are pleased to present it in both fine and coarse grinds.