Food for Thought: Learn about Popcorn

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Learn About Popcorn!!

As farmers head into the fields to harvest crops, families and friends gather to honor this ever-popular treat. Whether stovetop, microwave, or ready-to-eat, we consume 13 billion quarts each year of this wholesome, whole grain. Having been long regarded as a sign of good times, popcorn has found a new appreciation by today’s lean and green consumer. Celebrated for its seed-to-snack simplicity, popcorn is also non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, and naturally low in fat and calories, which makes it an easy fit for the dietary conscious. And it’s budget-friendly. A quart of popped popcorn costs as little as 15 cents. Add in popcorn’s irresistible smell, taste, and versatility and it’s easy to understand its popularity.

On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Granville County office, 125 Oxford Outer Loop Rd., a popcorn plot tour containing over 140 different varieties will be held for your interest. Popcorn varieties from all over the world, displays of popcorn, getting to see the different popcorn types and popcorn varieties! To sign up, register online. See you there!

Here is a recipe is from West Virginia Extension. For more information, follow us on a variety of social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube @persongranvillefcs

Maple Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn

Recipe – Serves 7

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Chocolate PB2 (Peanut Powder with Cocoa)

Directions

In a large pot or sauté pan with a lid, heat oil on medium-high heat and place 3 kernels in the oil. Wait for the three kernels to pop, remove them, and put the remaining kernels in the pot. Keep the lid slightly ajar to let out steam and gently slide the kernels back and forth as they pop. Pop the kernels until there is no more than 2 seconds between each pop and remove from heat. Remove the kernels to a bowl and toss the remaining ingredients evenly in the popcorn.

Nutrition Information per 1 cup: 50 calories, 2.5g fat, 15mg sodium, 7g carbohydrates