Do you love eating delicious popcorn while watching a movie? Normally, when we make popcorn at home it comes in a flat bag that we put in the microwave for three minutes, we hear popping and when it is done the bag has expanded and is full of tasty popcorn! How does that happen??? Today we are going to find out!
But first, here are some fun facts about popcorn! Did you know?
- Popcorn kernels have two industry standards: butterfly and mushroom. Mushroom kernels are slightly heavier and flat. When popped, they are round. Butterfly popcorn, when popped, is more open, have fewer kernels and resembles a butterfly.
- Popcorn kernels can pop up to 3 feet in the air!
- The most popcorn is grown in the Midwest, primarily in Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri.
- The peak period for popcorn sales for home consumption is in the fall (that’s the season we are in now!)
Popcorn facts specific to North Carolina:
- In 2017 there were less than 10 popcorn growers in North Carolina
- The most common type of corn grown in North Carolina is field corn, also known as dent corn, and is used for animal feed.
Read The Popcorn Book with Mrs. Moore!
In 2014, Mrs. Moore and her Husband grew popcorn in their garden! Join Mrs. Moore as she pops some in her kitchen in 2020 – it is still delicious! ☺
Popping Popcorn with Mrs. Moore-Drop in to Mrs. Moore’s kitchen!
How Stuff Works: Popcorn-Explore the science behind popcorn.
A huge thank you to the Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom for the book The Popcorn Book and popcorn facts! Thank you to the Alamance County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee for donating and sponsoring our Book Barn in our Library so our Grizzlies can learn about agriculture in and around North Carolina!