Thursday, March 8, 2012

Celebrate National Ag Day!


Corn Poppin' Facts

  • Popcorn pops because water is stored in a small circle of soft starch in each kernel. As the kernel is heated, the water heats, the droplet of moisture turns to steam and the steam builds up pressure until the kernel finally explodes to many times its original volume.
  • Americans today consume 17.3 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year! The average American eats about 68 quarts!
  • While the first breakast cereal was made by adding sugar and milk to popped popcorn, a shortage of baking flours after World War II forced breadmakers to substitute up to 25% of wheat flour with ground popped popcorn. Over the years, popcorn has also been used as an ingredient in pudding, candy, soup, salad and entrĂ©es.
  • Popcorn's nutritional value comes from the fact that, like other cereal grains, its primary function is to provide the body with heat and energy.
  • Microwave popcorn is the same as other popcorn except the kernels are usually larger and the packaging is designed for maximum popability.

For more fun farm facts in honor of ag day, click here.

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