Do you like corn? I do. I especially enjoy a really fresh piece of corn on the cob. There is just nothing quite as good as a fresh piece of juicy and sweet corn on the cob! Problem is that it can be quite hard to find a decent piece of corn here in the Philippines.
The Philippines is really an agricultural Country, so you would expect that you could find some good corn here, but the fact is that it is very hard to find such. Most of the corn that is grown in the Philippines is feed corn, used to feed animals. It is very dry and hard. Not delicious to eat.
I can remember when we lived in the States, we lived in an area where there was a lot of farming, and many corn farms. During the summer months, you could go straight out to the farm field and buy corn from the farmer! It was always fresh and delicious. It was also cheap! Usually, in season, we could get 10 or 12 ears of corn for just $1.00. During summer months when corn was in season, Feyma, the kids and I would have corn almost every night. It was a treat. Our oldest son, when he was a baby, loved corn! From the time he was old enough to eat a piece of corn, he always would ask for it. If Feyma or I would even mention the word “corn” he would get all excited! It got so bad, that Feyma and I would use a code word, we would say “yellow” to each other when we were talking about corn, to keep our young son from getting to excited!
When we moved to the Philippines, though, we could not really find any corn on the cob in General Santos, where we lived when we first moved to the Philippines. Feyma’s family had a farm out in the Province of Sarangani, so Feyma asked her Mama to get some corn on the cob for us. Mama was so proud when she brought us a big bag of freshly picked corn on the cob! Feyma cooked it. When we all sat down at the table to eat, I took one bite and looked at Feyma. I was worried that I may have broken a tooth biting into the hard dry corn! Feyma looked back at me, I could tell she was about to laugh. We just kept eating it, not wanting to insult Mama, who had gone to an extra effort to get the corn for us!
Well, after trying a few more sources for corn, we quickly decided that we would not be eating any more corn on the cob, it just was not very good. Well, frankly, it was not good at all.
After we moved to Davao, though, once we lived here for a couple of years, one day I was out with a friend. We were in the Buhangin area of Davao, and we saw a truck parked along the side of the road with a big sign that said:
Japanese Sweet Corn for Sale
I told my friend we should stop and buy some, although my expectations were not very good for the taste. We both bought some. It was P35 per kilo (2.2 pounds of corn on the cob for about $0.75), not bad. When we went home, we had Feyma boil some up for us, and we all tried it. Wow! It was good! It was juicy, and it was sweet! Not quite as good as the sweet corn back in the States, but hey, it was good enough that we wanted more!
When my friend and I originally saw the truck along the roadside, we actually met the farmer who grew the corn. He was a nice man, and very friendly. Feyma and I went back and bought more corn from him, and spent some time talking with the farmer. He told us that he hoped to be able to supply corn every day, and he told us a bit about his farm. Very nice guy.
Well, here it is about 6 years later, and we are still buying corn regularly from this farmer! And, his corn is still very good. Now, instead of a pickup truck along the road, he actually has a little store at that same spot on the highway. When the corn comes from the farm it’s not a little bit of corn in the back of the pickup truck either. Yesterday, Feyma and I went to buy some corn, and the delivery truck came. It was a very large truck with thousands of ears of corn in the back! So, this farmer has really made it with his Japanese Sweet Corn! It’s still P35/Kilo too, and probably even a little more delicious than it was back when we first started buying from him.
If you are in Davao, you can find this corn along Buhangin Road, along the south side of the road. His store is about 750 meters from the Buhangin Underpass, toward the city. I highly recommend this place if you like corn like I do! Tell them that MindanaoBob told you about the place!
Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.