Popcorn (Zea mays everta)

About Popcorn

  • Popcorn is a member of the grass family whose hard kernels can be popped when heated.
  • Popcorn is ready to harvest in 90-120 days (depending on the variety).
  • Less than 1% of the corn grown in the United States is popcorn.
  • A small amount of water that expands as it is heated is what causes popcorn kernels to pop.

Fast Facts

  • Popcorn is Illinois’ official state snack food.
  • Each year, Americans consume 16 billion quarts of popped popcorn.

Uses

  • Human consumption