While every day is a great day for enjoying America’s favorite whole grain snack, October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month because of the popcorn harvest that takes place each fall in the Midwest.
Here are some fun facts about popcorn to whet your appetite:
• Americans consume some 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year. That’s 51 quarts per man, woman, and child.
• If you made a trail of popcorn from New York City to Los Angeles, you would need more than 352,028,160 popped kernels.
• Archaeological evidence suggests pre-Colombian Americans were popping popcorn as early as 4,700 B.C.
• One of the ancient ways to pop corn was to heat sand in a fire and stir kernels of popcorn in when the sand was fully heated.
• Popcorn was integral to early 16th century Aztec Indian ceremonies.
• During the Depression, popcorn at five or ten cents a bag was one of the few luxuries down-and-out families could afford.
• Popcorn is naturally low in calories and gluten-free – a cup of air-popped popcorn contains just 35 calories.