Glass Gem is a unique strain of corn with kernels that look like pieces of rainbow-colored glass. Source

Carl Barnes, an Oklahoma farmer, started growing older corn varieties to connect with his Cherokee heritage. 

He isolated ancestral strains Native American tribes lost in the 1800s when they were relocated to Oklahoma.

Soon he began exchanging ancient corn seed with growers from all over the country, while simultaneously saving and replanting seeds from the most colorful cobs.

This eventually resulted in rainbow-colored corn.

When the rainbow corn mixed with the traditional varieties it created new strains, displaying more vibrant colors and patterns over time.

Glass Gem is a flint corn, so it isn’t really eaten off the cob. It’s usually ground into cornmeal and used in tortillas or grits, but it can also be used to make popcorn.

If you love corn and rainbows, seeds can be purchased online for about $7.95.

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In immaculate greenhouses, Mexican laborers are ordered to use hand sanitizers and schooled in how to pamper the produce. They’re required to keep their fingernails carefully trimmed so the fruit will arrive unblemished in U.S. supermarkets.

The produce may live in luxury, but those harvesting it live in squalor. A Los Angeles Times investigation found many workers are held against their will. Those who attempt to escape are beaten.

Do you know where your food comes from?

Photos by Don Bartletti.

Today, thanks to this photo by Stephen Ausmus, we learned that carrots now come in nearly every color of the rainbow. We think that’s pretty awesome. This root vegetable rainbow is the result of a selective breeding program by researchers at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. Domestic carrots have been selectively bred over the centuries in order to improve their taste, texture and size, but we had no idea that so many different color varieties exist.

[via Twisted Sifter]

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Oh, to be an avocado in love. Today the Department of Impossible Cuteness is sighing happily at the affectionate anthropomorphic produce and adorable wool creatures created by Kharkiv, Ukraine-based artist Hanna Dovahan. Each sentient piece of fruit and endearing animal is made by hand.

Visit Dovahan’s Wool Sculpture Etsy shop to view more of her creations. You can also follow her here on Tumblr at annadovgan.

[via Colossal]