Grilled mealies

Grilled mealies give your corn a vibrant and delicious flavour.

  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 in their jackets on the BBQ until golden-brown; turn regularly to prevent burning.
Corn on the cob is perfect for grilled mealies.

The sauce

Using a stick-blender mix together the following ingredients.

  1. 10 ml mayonnaise
  2. A slosh of olive-oil
  3. Half a peeled-lime, including the pulp
  4. Two peppadews, or less chili
  5. A clove or two of garlic
  6. A chunk of feta-cheese

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 is nothing wrong with plain young corn on the cob with a little salt and butter, of course.

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 is 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 recently been levied with 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 is not 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 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 adult-onset 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.

  1. Soak your mealies in their husks in water for quarter of an hour.
  2. Peel back the husks and strip off the silks.
  3. Pull the husks back around the mealies.
  4. Grill them for about 20-minutes or until soft on the braai.
  5. Enjoy with one of these herb and spice butters.

A green mealie risotto is another favourite at our home; whole grains like brown rice and unrefined corn are extremely nutritious, but we do advocate taking a short walk after any starchy meal so the sugars are used as glycogen rather than raising blood glucose. Many of us are pre-diabetic.

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-manure 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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  1. Zeaxanthin for Preventing Macular Degeneration @ AMDF


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