Brindle is a colonial Southeastern Pennsylvania dialect word for speckled: wohlschtreemich in Pennsylvania Dutch. There were brindle cows, brindle horses, and in this case brindle corns. Brindle corn is mentioned by this name in Pennsylvania Dutch fairy tales in connection with Braucherei (supernatural faith-healing) where the corn kernels were used in combination with knuckle beans for prognostication. Any speckled corn could go by the name brindle, but the term fell out of fashion during the 1800s and was only preserved in connection with a Mennonite corn grown and sold for many years by Frank M. Weaver (1938-2008) and his father Benjamin S. Weaver (1908-1986). The Weavers were Stauffer Mennonites who operated a family corn business F & B Weaver near Farmersville (Lancaster County), Pennsylvania. Their unusual Brindle Corn was saved from extinction by Mennonite farmer Wilbur D. Swope (1925-2010) of Leetonia, Ohio. ​The Stauffer Mennonite sect to which the Weavers belonged was established in 1845 and eventually earned the epithet “Team Mennonite” since they plowed only with horses. The Staufferites remain more conservative than the Old Order Amish, and according to Mennonites who remember the Weavers, they refused to allow modern hybrid corn in their fields, thus they grew and sold only those cultivars that represented (in their minds) the farming habits of the original Stauffer sect, that is corns dating from pre-1850. This strict religious interpretation is what preserved Brindle Corn for so many years, yet unknown to the Weavers, the corn was itself a hybrid although fixed in its traits during the 1840s. ​After several grow outs of Brindle Corn, it became clear that it represents a nineteenth-century cross between a Yellow Gourd Seed/Dent and most likely Bloody Butcher. This has created a hybrid that on occasion throws off types: Bloody Butcher or brindled cobs with kernels similar to Gourd Seed. ~80 seed minimum per packet. LIMIT TWO PACKETS PER CUSTOMER (ordering more will result in the extras being refunded/cancelled).


Grown for us by Patricia Brodowski at Monticello.

Brindle Corn