First Popping Of Corn
History of Popcorn.
Popcorn is believed to be one of the oldest of today’s snacking food. It dates more than 5,000 years back. There have been discoveries, in the late 40's early 50's, of ears of popcorn that are 5,600 years old and 1/2 to 2 inches long. Popcorn is also believed to be the oldest of the five sweet corn groups (Indian corn, pod corn, popcorn, sweet corn and field corn). Although there was corn pollen that is exactly the same as popcorn pollen found 80,000 years ago no one is for sure that it was actually popcorn.
Uses Of Popcorn (other then eat)
Early Indians used popcorn as a form of entertainment. They would put popcorn on a sizzling stone and obviously when it popped it shot off into all sorts of directions. They made a game of this by trying to catch the popcorn and thus being rewarded by snacking on it.
Popcorn was also used as decorations and ceremonial objects. Woman would use popcorn by making corsages and headdresses out of it for weddings and other special occasions. Men would bring popcorn to special meetings with other tribes as a offer of goodwill. Popcorn was even brought to the first thanksgiving!
As popcorn became easier to make the Indians would make lots of it and sell it to passing ships and travelers because most have not seen it before and were so intrigued they would spend extra on it.
Today popcorn is a very common thing to find in most homes. It is a very cheap and easy snack to make. Also it is the number one selling food item at pretty much any movie theater out there. Americans alone eat over one BILLION POUNDS of popcorn every year. That averages out to every person in America eating 70 quarts of popcorn a year. Microwave popcorn brings in $250 billion dollars a year by its self. That definitely makes popcorn the snack of the U.S.A.!
Fun Popcorn Facts
- Native Americans first introduced popcorn to the colonist who then used it, served with cream, making it one of our first puff whole grain cereals.
- Charles Cretor introduced the first mobile popcorn machine in 1893.
- Popcorn has been served at outdoor sporting events since 1912.
- During the Great Depression starting in the late 1920's in America, bags of popcorn sold for 5 to 10 cents making popcorn an affordable snack for families down on their luck.