A popcorn kernels is a type of maize, or corn, kernel that comes from a wild grass called zea mays everta. Popcorn is one of six types of corn, but The Popcorn Board notes that zea mays everta is the only variety to produce kernels that pop.Continue Reading
Farmers harvest popcorn using combines that remove the ears from the stalks. The ears are stored for up to a year until the kernels' moisture levels reach 14 percent, according to The Popcorn Board. The kernels can be stripped from the ears before or after they have dried. The dry kernels are sorted, cleaned and polished before they are packaged for sale.
Popcorn pops because of the water contained in each kernel. Jones Popcorn notes that when heated, the water turns to steam, and the pressure the steam exerts causes the shell of the kernel to burst.Learn more about Fruits & Veggies
To make homemade kettle corn, heat vegetable oil in a large pot, add popcorn kernels and sugar, stir, and cover with a lid. Shake the pot every few seconds once the kernels start to pop, remove from the heat, sprinkle with salt, and serve immediately. Another option is to use powdered sugar when the kernels begin to pop and then use granulated sugar to coat the popcorn when the popping slows.Full Answer >
A popcorn plant is a type of maize that is harvested and dried to create popcorn kernels, according to the Popcorn Board. Popcorn plants grow about 8 feet tall, and they need up to 2 feet of water to mature.Full Answer >
Popcorn, the cooked kernel of the flowering ear of the maize plant, is botanically a fruit, not a vegetable. A fruit is defined as the reproductive part of a plant – in this case, the ear of the corn plant – that is used to propagate the species.Full Answer >
While squash originated in the Americas, squash, along with maize and beans, was one of the earliest domesticated plants in New Mexico and North America. Early on, squash was only grown for seed because early squash had little flesh and a bitter taste. However, American cultivation led to better tasting, fleshier squash varieties.Full Answer >