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Monday, July 31, 2006
This is not a fingers or no fingers question. When eating corn, use your hands! The etiquette questions arises when you're buying corn. A colleague at the Globe was standing in front of a stack of corn at a farmers' market over the weekend, opening the tops of the stalks to see if the corn had developed all the way to the tip. You know maddening it is when you get home and find no kernels on the top couple inches. You want perfect ears, right? As she was peeling down the tops of the stalks, a young woman working the stand came over to her and scolded her. My colleague was told she was ruining all the ears of corn and if she wanted some, the worker would put them into the bag -- which she proceeded to do without checking the tops.
So, dear blog readers, what is the proper etiquette? Take your chances that every ear you drop into your bag is fully developed? Or peek inside. (I'm a peeker, too.)