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From Seed
How Popcorn Grows

From Seed
How Popcorn Grows

Popcorn seeds are bred to produce desirable traits such as stalk strength, grain color, and successful popping.

Popcorn is ready for harvesting and processing when the kernel is hard and the stalk and leaves are brown and dry.

Farmers plant popcorn seeds about 1 12 inches deep and 6 inches apart in the soil. Each popcorn plant will grow about 8 feet tall!

Farmers plant popcorn seeds about 1 12 inches deep and 6 inches apart in the soil. Each popcorn plant will grow about 8 feet tall!

Popcorn is ready for harvesting and processing when the kernel is hard and the stalk and leaves are brown and dry.

Once the popcorn has dried to the optimum moisture level of 14%, it's cleaned, polished, and ready to be packaged.

To Snack
How to Pop Popcorn

To Snack
How to Pop Popcorn

Cover the bottom of a 3- to 4-quart pot with a thin layer of vegetable oil.

When the kernels pop, pour in enough popcorn to cover the bottom of the pot (one kernel deep), cover the pot, and shake to evenly spread the oil.

Place 3 kernels of popcorn in the pot, cover with a loose lid, and heat.

Place 3 kernels of popcorn in the pot, cover with a loose lid, and heat.

When the kernels pop, pour in enough popcorn to cover the bottom of the pot (one kernel deep), cover the pot, and shake to evenly spread the oil.

When popping begins to slow to a few seconds apart, remove the pot from the stovetop.

  • Corny Facts
    70%

    Whole grains (like popcorn!) contain the entire grain kernel — the bran, germ and endosperm. One serving of popcorn can provide about 70% of an individual's recommended daily intake of whole grains.

  • Corny Facts
    15 billion

    Americans consume some 15 billion quarts of this whole-grain, good-for-you treat. That's 47 quarts per person (adults and children!).

  • Corny Facts
    4 types

    There are four types of corn — dent, sweet, flint, and popcorn — but only popcorn pops!

  • Corny Facts
    30 calories

    Air-popped popcorn contains only 30 calories per cup.

  • Corny Facts
    15 cents

    Popcorn is e-corn-omical. One 3-cup serving of popcorn only costs about 15 cents when following a classic, old-fashioned method: stovetop popping.

 

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