The corn, btw was delicious except for that white one 2nd from the left -- I don't think it's so much that I picked it too early as it must have been heavily pollinated by the Japanese Striped Maize (JSM) which is a popcorn type. The purplish kernels on the first ear shriveled when cooked. I think that might actually be a good sign that they ARE shrunken kernels and Sweet.
I'm harvesting these early ears for eating and then save a couple of ears from when JSM had mostly finished producing pollen and most of the pollination was being done by self and same Medley tassles. I have a few ears of heavily variegated JSM that I hand pollinated with the #sweetcorn# Medley pollen for saving and experimenting with for possible inclusion in the #sweetcorn# or #popcorn# Medley in the future.