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Hi wonderful people,

I'm on the search for some purple corn seed for a friend. Apparently it has great anticancer properties.

There use to be a store in Sydney that sold purple corn but I went there the other day and they don't have stock at present or know when they will be getting more. If anyone knows of any stores selling the corn itself that would appreciated.

Happy to trade or pay :)


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I have blue corn, not sure if its the same as purple, but PM me your addy if you want some Justler.

(more to spare if any one wants...pm me.)

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Sorry Hillbilly I didn't check the store name. Its a little Korean market kind of store. The name isn't in English from memory. Its a store in Eastwood. Unfortunately they didn't have any in stock, nor were they aware of when/if they were getting more in. Communication was interesting as they didn't speak or understand English very well. The variety they had looked exactly like the corn in the first picture on this site http://luxirare.com/purple-corn-tacos/ .

Today I struck gold in Cabramatta! I found some! However, the purple corn in Cabramatta looks different to the variety in Eastwood. The corn in Cabramatta has a red tinge to it, but it is labelled as Purple Corn. It looks like the corn on these two websites - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120918184756.htm - https://lovingearth.net/products/32/purple-corn-extract-powder - The difference in colour might be attributed to environmental conditions when growing, harvest time, or perhaps its a different variety altogether... I'm not too sure. The product is vacuum sealed and frozen. It comes in a pack of two for $2.60. Not sure how to upload a picture of it :s .

Now based on some internet research Blue Corn and Purple Corn, may be one in the same. Atleast that is suggested online at on several websites and in several articles.

For example:

Purple Corn - A Powerful Antioxidant (Tedesco, 2013) - http://www.naturalhealingnews.com/purple-corn-a-powerful-antioxidant/#.Uc6LwJZYCjk
The article states: "Generally grown in Peru, purple corn (frequently referred to as blue corn) is one of nature’s richest sources of at least six different anthocyanin antioxidants...

The Potential Health Benefits of Purple Corn (Jones, 2005) - http://cms.herbalgram.org/herbalgram/issue65/article2779.htm l
The articles states: "Purple corn (frequently referred to as blue corn) is botanically the same species as regular table corn. Yet by a twist of nature, this corn produces kernels with one of the deepest shades of purple found anywhere in the plant “kingdom.” Research has shown that purple corn contains cell-protecting antioxidants with the ability to inhibit carcinogen-induced tumors in rats."

Google searches for Blue Corn also result in pictures of purple corn, although there are also pictures of almost black looking corn with a blue tinge to it.

The following articles however mentions differences between blue and purple corn:
The color purple: Suntava launches mission to elevate purple corn to superfood status (Watson, 2013) - http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Markets/The-color-purple-Suntava-launches-mission-to-elevate-purple-corn-to-superfood-status

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Justler, this is probably only nominally helpful, but I'll do what I can. Here is a link to the site where I got my purple maize from. I realize it is not a helpful source for you to acquire some, but it does have some interesting info.

With regard to the maize you found being the same as the one you are looking for, there are hundreds if not thousands of varieties of maize out there. I have two different blue varieties, a "red" variety which is actually maroon/purple, a pink, and several multicolor varieties in addition to the purple variety, so yes there is potential that you have a different variety given some of the morphological differences you mentioned.

If I remember I'll try and take some pics tonight as examples.

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