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Montana Morado Maize

Montana Morado Maize

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This striking black corn is a superfood with extraordinarily high levels of anthocyanins (nutricious flavonoids thought to be beneficial for their antioxidant properties). The plants are easy to grow, reaching 4-6 feet depending on water. They yield long, slender ears with 8 uniform rows of beautiful shiny black kernels. Montana Morado Maize was bred from 100% Native North American heirloom Indian corns, like its sister-line, Painted Mountain Corn. Even in short, climate-stressed Montana seasons, this corn matures quickly & productively, yielding astonishingly soft flour starch for many purposes, including the best cornbread! This naturally diverse open-pollinated corn is capable of adapting to different locations & you can grow it year after year.

The seed we sell is produced and sold to us by its developer. Since 1970, Dave Christensen of Big Timber, Montana (Seed We Need®) has been continuously developing and refining this amazingly diverse corn variety. He has made it his life's work. We purchase our seed stock directly from Dave so by purchasing these seeds for your own garden, you are not only helping to support the seed variety preservation work of the Victory Seed Company, you are directly supporting another seed preservationist.

He started by rescuing about one-hundred Native American heirloom corn varieties. These corns had survived for centuries, under the most extreme environmental challenges, from cold springs to summer drought.

Montana Morado is the achievement that Dave accomplished in his quest for a black kernel corn. The beautifully striking dark purple kernels are very easy to grind into a soft flour. Tests show that these kernels have tremendously higher levels of anthocyanins (antioxidants) than blue corn. Dave said "If I could only give one of my lines of corn to the world, it would be Morado."

Relative maturity 90-100 days. Very fast maturing plants even in cold climates. Easy to grow. Productive 5’ plants produce beautiful long slender ears with 8 uniform rows of shiny black kernels. The purple color is anthocyanins which have a wonderful antioxidant effect to stop aging of cells, for health and healing. It’s high ORAC rating makes it an elite super food. Good for all food uses. The very soft flour starch grinds quickly into a soft purple flour for cornbread and tortillas with many times the health effects of blue corn flour.

Created for food security to face climate change with disappearing global water. It has the same stress hardiness, drought tolerance and wide adaptability that Painted Mtn is famous for all over the world. Family friendly. This naturally diverse open-pollinated corn population is capable of adapting to different locations & you can grow it year after year. Certified Organic.


The purple and black Morado corns of Peru have attracted international interest in the medical community which found that the pigment (anthocyanins) have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for human health and healing. They are said to help remove toxins and stop the aging of cells. They document healing properties for a long list of diseases.

Dave discovered the black gene in Navajo corn. It turns out that this is the only gene in the world that allows for two layers of pigment. None of the famous Morado corns from Peru nor the tropical countries have it. Dave’s Morado tested significantly higher in antioxidant ability.

A Navajo elder told Dave that "Black is for healing". They knew it before we did!

Each packet contains 1 ounce, which is approximately 90 seeds.  

Like Painted Mtn, all Dave's lines of corn are genetically diverse composites, NOT hybrids. All are open-pollinated populations designed so that the growers can maintain them forever.

Dave gives thanks to his partner, organic farmer Ole Norgaard of North Frontier Farms in pristine Shonkin, Montana, at the foot of the Highwood Mountains, the only place in the world where MMM is raised.

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Planting Instructions: Soil must be at least 65ºF to germinate. Be patient and do not plant too early or you will waste a lot of seed! Plant in full sun and keep it watered. Corn is a wind-pollinated plant. Plant in blocks several rows wide to ensure full ears.

Sow seeds about 1½ to 2½ inch deep, 3 to 4 inches apart, in rows spaced 24 to 30 inches apart. Thin to 6 to 12 inches apart.

Harvest Information:

Pick the ears for dry grain or decoration when the husks are dry and the kernels are hard enough that you cannot make a dent in them with your fingernail. Many people pick the ears too early when kernels are still soft. If this is done they shrivel up and shrink and their beauty is destroyed. They cannot finish maturing once they have been picked.

Even though the ears look dry, there remains moisture deep within the cob. If you were to enclose them in a box, the moisture would cause them to sour and mold. You may let them dry longer on the plants if neither weather nor predators are damaging them. Otherwise hang them up or lay them out in the open until they are completely dry inside.