Tassels, silk, and glass gems—objet de luxe or, well, grain? If you're thinking of a certain husk-swaddled treasure, you are correct: Corn in general, and a rare heirloom variety in particular. Tassels and silk, with their pollen and ovules, are the so-called trimmings that produce an ear of corn. And glass gem is the name of a beautiful variety with a palette of improbable colors: lilac, merlot, robin's egg blue, pearl, baby pink.
It’s full on Indian summer here in New York—minus the late afternoon darkness, you’d hardly know that it’s about to be October, what with these muggy days. I have to admit that I’m ready for the crisp air and cozy sweaters of fall, though I know I’ll be kicking myself come the dark days of winter. What I’m loving about this prolonged summer, though, is the produce that’s been continuing to pop up at the farmer’s market and in my CSA, including late-summer veggies like corn and tomatoes.