Corny Facts!

  1. Americans consume some 16 billion quarts of this whole grain, good-for-you treat. That's 52 quarts per man, woman and child.
  2. Compared to most snack foods, popcorn is low in calories. Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup. Oil-popped is only 55 per cup.
  3. Popcorn ia a type of maize (or corn), a member of the grass family, and is scientifically known as Zea mays everta.
  4. Of the 6 types of maize/corn -- pod, sweet, flour, dent, flint and popcorn -- only popcorn pops.
  5. Popcorn is a whole-grain. It is made up of three components: the germ, endosperm and pericarp (also known as the hull).
  6. Popcorn needs between 13.5-14% moisture to pop.
  7. Popcorn differs from other types of maize/corn in that it has a thicker pericarp/hull. The hull allows pressure from the heated water to build and eventually bursts open. the inside starch becomes gelatinous while being heated; when the hull bursts, the gelatinized starch spills out and cools, giving it its familiar popcorn shape.
  8. Most U.S. popcorn is grown in the Midwest, primarily in Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri.
  9. National Popcorn Day is celebrated on the 19th of January.
  10. Caramel Popcorn Day is celebrated on the 7th of April.
  11. National Popcorn Poppin' Month is celebrated in October.