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.Know More
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
Popcorn kernels do not expire in the sense that old popcorn can make you sick, but popcorn can dry out which causes the popcorn to no longer pop. Microwave popcorn sold in stores has a best-by-date on the box.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
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 less likely to contain pesticide residue or be genetically modified.Full Answer >
Popcorn is a great snack for a diabetic, according to Everyday Health, but the type of corn and the preparation impact its value. Popcorn is typically high in whole grains and low in carbohydrates. Lighter popcorn with fewer calories is best, especially for Type 2 diabetics.Full Answer >