Everyone's always looking for the next great thing, and Glass Gem corn is it! These beauties almost look Photoshopped they're so mind-blowing! But they are real, they are easy to grow, and nowadays the seeds are also readily available for purchase. The harvesting of corn is often seen as the harbinger of the fall season. You know when you start seeing dried "Indian corn" for sale that summer is on the way out, and autumn is on the way in. There's something very warm and comforting about beautifully colored corn as the weather begins to turn chilly and leaves begin to fall. It's a memory of summer with a nod toward winter, and it just feels like fall. Glass Gem corn can easily be dried for decoration, popped for popcorn, cooked into hominy, or ground to a beautiful cornmeal. On top of that, the story behind glass gem corn is pretty amazing. A Brief History of Glass Gem Corn The amazing story of Glass Gem corn starts with two men with a dedication to preserving and bringing back ancient Native American corn varieties. Carl Barnes (Oklahoma) was interested in his Native American heritage and began to gather corn seeds that used to grow in the area a long time ago. After harvesting them, he began to notice traits in the corn that resembled long-lost local Native American corn varieties. By breeding for these traits, Barnes developed a range of different heritage corns and was able to return them to their original local stewards. Barnes eventually met fellow corn revival enthusiast, Greg Schoen (New Mexico), who began to interbreed his own local Native American corns with Barnes' rainbow corn varieties. In 2008, Schoen dispersed the first Glass Gem corn seeds into the world. They were sent to India, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, and the US to whoever was interested in growing them. By 2012 a photo of Glass Gem corn went viral, and that was it—the market for Glass Gem corn seeds skyrocketed. Now they are grown all over the world and are super affordable for most gardeners. Talk about an amazing comeback!