As I was getting comfy, since the temperature dropped outside to look at one of my favorite TV shows, I discovered that throughout the month of October we celebrate National Popcorn Poppin Month. Blew my mind! I had no idea that popcorn had a national commemoration. National Popcorn Poppin Month became official when Dan Glickman who was the Secretary of Agriculture in 1999, proclaimed October as the month to celebrate this food observance in.
Because of the popcorn harvest which takes place each fall in the Midwest, this is the reason why the month of October was chosen for this food observance. Popcorn was first discovered by the native Americans, who believed that the popping noise was that of an angry god who escaped the kernel. Popcorn or popping corn is a type of corn which explodes from the kernel and puffs up when heated. Special varieties are grown to give improved popping yield. Some wild types will pop, but the cultivated strain is Zea mays averta, which is a special kind of flint corn.
Popcorn was very popular in the 1890s, until World War I. As corn crops became more depleted during this war, nuts were used instead of corn. During the Depression, popcorn was a luxury at 5-10 cents a bag. When some of the other businesses failed, the popcorn business thrived.
So there you have it, another reason for celebrating food during this harvest season. So grab your favorite flavor of popcorn and enjoy a nice movie tonight! What better way to celebrate National Popcorn Poppin Month!