Grilled mealies

Grilled mealies give your corn a vibrant and delicious flavour.

Corn on the cob is perfect for grilled mealies.

By Bernard Preston

  1. Bernard Preston
  2. Beta carotene deficiency
  3. Grilled mealies
  1. Boil your mealies in the usual way in a little water; generally about five minutes, but longer if they are more mature.
  2. Drain them and drop them on the braai until golden brown; BBQ in American language; turn regularly to prevent burning.

The sauce

Using a stick blender mix together

  1. 50 ml mayonnaise
  2. A slosh of olive oil
  3. A whole peeled lime, pulp included
  4. Two peppadews, or less chili
  5. A clove or two of garlic
  6. A chunk of feta cheese
  7. 1/2 tsp salt

The sauce should be fairly thick. Place it in a small bowl for your guests to spoon the mixture directly onto the hot, grilled mealies should they choose. There's nothing wrong with young corn on the cob with a little salt and butter.

Like all vegetables, mealies that find their way into the pot within a few hours of being harvested taste quite different; before the sweet sugars are turned into starch.

If you are serious about your grilled mealies then it's best to grow them yourself.

The debate about GMO and Roundup is going to continue for years, one suspects, though the massive compensation that Monsanto has been levied with over the last year may well foreshorten that; the company could be bankrupt before long.

When you buy a mealie you have little control over whether it is a GMO product and whether the ground was treated with Roundup. But if you buy the seed yourself and grow the corn in your own garden, then you have every advantage; freshly picked, not genetically modified and not sprayed with potentially toxic herbicides.

How to grow corn isn't rocket science but some effort is needed. Oddly most of the work is removing the plants from the ground after harvesting; the big plus is that they make wonderful compost. 

Grilled mealies

Grilled mealies are full of goodness, especially the zeaxanthin which is so important for the eyes.

It is estimated that about five million Americans are needlessly blind because of a deficiency of two very important phytochemicals, carotenoids, found almost exclusively in very high concentration in the macula of the eye.(1)

Many more are partially blind.

Zeaxanthin is found in mealies, and other vegetables like orange peppers and summer squash; lutein is richly located in greens like kale and spinach. Without these two phytochemicals, particularly in smokers, the risk of blindness rises exponentially.

Notice too that the sauce for your grilled mealies is nutritious and great tasting in its own right, provided you use a high quality mayonnaise, or make your own.

Hot, freshly grilled mealies will be a hit at any braai. Give them a try.

Growing mealies

Corn in flower; within a few weeks you could be enjoying grilled mealies.

Like most vegetables growing mealies is not difficult. All they need is some rich compost and protection from strong winds.

We tend to grow them between fences that are heavy in beans, for example, giving some protection against the winds.

Compost heaps provide the humus that plants need to absorbe nutrients from the soil; we add vermi-compost and allow the chickens to wander through the mealies, picking out grubs and cutworms.

Until I learned to define humus, I thought it was the same as compost; not so.

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