One of the least publicized but highest quality foods I have discovered on the Island of Oahu has to be Nozawas Corn. At first glance, this food stand does not look like much but it has some of the best tasting corn on the planet. It’s a pretty big statement, I know, but if you’re ever in the area and try it, you’ll definitely see what I mean.
I was driving in Kahuku, near the big three shrimp trucks: Giovanni’s, Romy’s and Fumi’s. I noticed across the street from Fumi’s, a tiny little corn stand: Nozawas Corn, which I would have to guess at least 98% of those driving by would probably just keep driving without even thinking twice about it. However, since I’m doing articles on different places to eat on the North Shore, I had to try everything, within reason. Hence, I stopped by Nozawas Corn.
A nice little lady was talking on the phone, after which, I asked how sweet the corn was. Sure the sign read “Sweet Corn” but I more or less just wanted to see how she would respond. She says to me, “you can eat it raw, right off the cob”. I thought “sure, ok, who wouldn’t say that about their product”. I bought a bag and had I known how true her words were or had I tried a bite right then and there, I would have purchased several bags instead of just one.
The Nozawas Corn stand is also one of those places where, when it’s gone, it’s gone. I have no idea how much inventory they had at the beginning of the day but when I drove by (around 1:00pm), there were only 6 bags left. She also had 9 remaining lilikoi and one huge avocado. I think the bags of corn had 9 small ears in them and sold for $5 a bag. The ends of the corn are chopped off and each ear averages about 5 inches in length. I am not sure why they chop the ends off but each ear must be missing at least 20% to 40% off of the top. This isn’t a big deal really, seeing as how each ear of corn costs just over 50 cents apiece.
I placed my bag of corn in my cooler and when I get home I remembered her words so I tried it raw, right of the cob. The corn was very sweet. It was like biting into a piece of fruit. A picture is great but in this instance, a photo doesn’t do it justice. At first glance, these look like almost every other ear of corn you have ever seen but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
I think we all have had a variety of corn over the years where we’ve boiled, grilled and baked them. Still, even some of the best ears of corn need butter, salt and pepper to make them taste their best. These are the exception. Over the next few days, I ate these small ears of corn raw, right of the cob with nothing on them. No salt. No pepper. No butter. Nothing!
They were so good, I had to see what others thought of them so I handed a couple out for some friends to try and they could not believe how fresh and tasty these ears of corn were. We ate them as they were. I never would have imagined that corn would be so good right from the ground to your mouth. One reason why is, they are picked the same day they’re sold. So other than going on the property, picking them yourself and eating it right then, this is about as fresh as it can get.
The corn itself is almost white in color as opposed to what most of us would think is the best, a nice rich yellow color. I don’t know the specific type of corn this is or where else you can get this corn but when I stop by her stand again, I’ll be sure to ask her. I don’t know if they sell to grocery stores or markets or anything like that but if you ever get a chance to try them for yourself, Nozawas Corn is way too good to pass up.
I did a Google search for Nozawas Corn and found only a few results. Here is a link to one of the few articles I found on Nozawas Corn here. Hence, only a small number online know about this so if a local or someone like me hasn’t spread the word, it is understandable why so many could just drive right by it. To be honest, I never once saw their stand because my attention was always on the other side of the road where all the shrimp trucks are.
If you want to visit Nozawas Corn, they are right across from the blue Fumi’s Shrimp Truck building. Unfortunately, they have no hours of operation. Nozawas Corn may not always open so you just have to be a little lucky to come by at the right time if you are not a local. On the days they are open, I would imagine that unless it’s during peak harvesting season, they will most likely be sold out by early to mid-afternoon. If you get a chance to try their corn, let me know if you thought it was as good as advertised in this article. I don’t want people to think I am exaggerating here.
Here are some photos from my visit to the Nozawas Corn Food Stand in Kahuku
Since there is literally almost no online information like a website or yelp page I will post another link here about Nozawas Corn here so you can read a little more about this corn from another source.
Map to the the Nozawas Corn Food Stand