How to choose: If the store won’t let you pull back the husks, squeeze the ear to make sure the kernels are closely spaced, firm, and round. Look for grassy green, tightly wrapped husks. The silk should be glossy and pale yellow, the stem moist.
How to store: Refrigerate ears unshucked in a bag up to 3 days.
Best uses: Corn can be boiled, steamed, grilled, or, when very fresh, cut off the cob and tossed raw in salads.