Unpopped popcorn kernels are referred to as "old maids," when found at the bottom of the popcorn bowl or popper. Alternatively, they are sometimes called "spinsters," which is another term for an old maid.
The origin of the term "old maids" for unpopped kernels of popcorn is unknown, but it has been in use for more than 100 years. For example, the term appeared in the 1947 edition of the "New England Cooking" cookbook by Ella S. Bowles and Dorothy S. Towle and in the May 21, 1949 edition of the Saturd
Popcorn is made of maize. Maize, a type of corn, increases in size from the kernel and takes on a puffy appearance when it comes in contact with high heat.
According to the George Mateljan Foundation for the World's Healthiest Foods, popcorn can be a healthy snack depending on its preparation methods. Rather than microwaving popcorn, air-pop kernels and add extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt afterward to reduce the calories. Organic popcorn is also le
Types of popcorn include butterfly kernels, mushroom kernels, rainbow blend and midnight blue. Butterfly kernels are irregularly shaped, with wings that protrude from each kernel.
By itself, popcorn is a whole grain that provides a fair amount of fiber and some other beneficial nutrients, but popcorn with extra butter and other ingredients may be high in unhealthy fats, which reduces its health benefits.
There is a small amount of water found in every kernel of popcorn, and during the cooking process, this water initially turns to steam, which leads to a severe increase in pressure that causes the kernel to pop. The amount of water in every kernel is between 13.5 and 14 percent.
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.
Popcorn can be seasoned with a variety of flavors, including salt, melted butter, pepper, dried herbs or even sugar. Use several different seasonings for new flavor combinations.
Dogs can eat popcorn that has no added butter and is unsalted without any harm or issues. As with most human food, it should be fed to dogs sparingly and in moderation.