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When it comes to fall plants, everyone immediately thinks of pumpkins and we’re no exception.  But today we wanted to shed a little spotlight on another fall plant that starts with “p”: popcorn!  October is National Popcorn Popping Month, probably because this tasty snack is pretty much the best fall treat ever — hot, buttery, salty, and more fun to crunch than a pile of October leaves!

Hot Popcorn Facts:

  • There are 6 types of corn but only popcorn pops.
  • There are 2 types of popcorn: mushroom and snowflake.  Mushroom is usually used for candy-coated popcorn and popcorn balls because it doesn’t crumble.  Snowflake is the familiar popcorn we see at movie theaters and ballparks since it looks and pops bigger than mushroom.  Orville Redenbacher was the smart popcorn-lover who discovered the snowflake popcorn genetic improvement that makes it pop almost twice as big and airy as mushroom!
  • Popcorn has more iron than an equivalent quantity of eggs, spinach, peanuts or roast beef, and more protein than any other cereal grain.

How it Works:

  • Popcorn’s shell is so hard that as the water inside each kernel heats up, steam can’t escape.  When the pressure becomes too much and the steam finally escapes and… POP!

For us, Halloween wouldn’t be complete without popping up a big batch of homemade popcorn and crunching our way through a classic Halloween movie… we hope you and your family enjoy the same!

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