Are there special corn varieties that are grown to produce "baby" corn?
The small size of “baby” corn suggests that it’s a special variety. However, most baby corn is actually grown from regular sweet and field corn varieties. The ears are harvested when they are 2 to 4 inches long and 1/3 to ½ inch in diameter at their base. Most corn varieties reach this stage 1 to 3 days after the silks become visible. While many sweet and field corn varieties are suitable for baby corn production, there are a few varieties, such as ‘Babycorn’ and ‘Bonus,’ which are grown specifically for the miniature ears.