What You Might Not Know about Popcorn

  1. popcornNebraska produces more popcorn than any other state in the country – around 250 million pounds per year – about a quarter of all the popcorn produced in the United States.
  2. Americans consume about 14 billion quarts of popcorn per year – 43 quarts per person.
  3. Why does it pop? Each kernel contains a small drop of water, inside a circle of soft starch, inside the kernel’s thick hull. When the kernel gets hot, pressure from the heated water builds, and it bursts open.
  4. Most popcorn comes in two basic shapes: snowflake, used in movie theaters because it looks and pops bigger, and mushroom, used for candy confections because it doesn’t crumble.
  5. How old is it? In 1948, popped kernels around 5,000 years old were discovered in caves in New Mexico.
  6. It is believed the Wampanoag Native American tribe brought popcorn to the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  7. On average, a kernel will pop when it reaches a temperature of 347 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. North Loup, Nebraska is one of the five contenders for the title “Popcorn Capital of the World.”
  9. Popping popcorn is one of the number one uses for microwave ovens.

Find out more at http://www.popcorn.org/.

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