- Nebraska 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.
- Americans consume about 14 billion quarts of popcorn per year – 43 quarts per person.
- 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.
- 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.
- How old is it? In 1948, popped kernels around 5,000 years old were discovered in caves in New Mexico.
- It is believed the Wampanoag Native American tribe brought popcorn to the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- On average, a kernel will pop when it reaches a temperature of 347 degrees Fahrenheit.
- North Loup, Nebraska is one of the five contenders for the title “Popcorn Capital of the World.”
- Popping popcorn is one of the number one uses for microwave ovens.
Find out more at http://www.popcorn.org/.