Where do those small corns served in Chinese entrees come from?
Most of the baby corn sold in the United States and Europe is imported from Thailand, Taiwan, and Indonesia. Baby corn is an extremely easy crop to produce, but hand labor is required for harvesting and processing it. That’s probably why it hasn’t caught on as a cash crop in the otherwise corn-producing United States. You may find it produced locally by small farmers, but most of the imported corn is processed and canned. Fresh corn is not imported. Baby corn is produced from regular corn plants that are harvested early, while the ears are immature. Regular sweet corn, sugar-enhanced sweet corn, and supersweet corn varieties can be used, along with a few varieties that are specific for baby corn.