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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


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.


Popcorn kernels that do not pop do not contain enough water. Water is needed in the starch of the kernel in order to create pressure and eventually pop.


One cup of unpopped popcorn kernels contains 225 grams, or 8 ounces of the kernels. Use 1 tablespoon of kernels for 1 cup of popcorn; 2 tablespoonfuls produce between 2-1/2 and 3 cups. The number of kernels in one tablespoon varies with the size of the kernels.


To remove a popcorn kernel from the throat, give the Heimlich maneuver, explains MedlinePlus. This technique is a method of preventing suffocation when a person's airway becomes blocked.


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.