How to select and store this summertime favorite, plus 12 tasty recipes.

By Real Simple
Updated June 01, 2009
Kana Okada

Look for: Grassy green, tightly wrapped husks. If possible, pull them back to see the kernels. Otherwise, squeeze the ear to feel whether the kernels are closely spaced, firm, and round. The silk should be glossy and pale yellow, the stem moist.

Store: Refrigerate ears unshucked in a bag.

Shelf life: Best within 24 hours of purchasing, though it will last 3 days.

Use: It’s hard to beat corn on the cob. If the corn is very fresh, try tossing raw kernels with tomatoes, Feta, extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.